In a new interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” the 46-year-old actress says intense tabloid scrutiny — specifically, stories regarding her highly publicized marriage and eventual split from Ben Affleck — put pressure on her private life.
Looking back on that, I really feel the stress of it,” says Garner, who shares three kids, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9 and Samuel, 6, with Affleck. “I really — I could cry talking about it.”
“What I think I’ve learned is that the scrutiny in your private life puts a pressure to make something happen,” she continues. “You feel a pressure to hurry up and get married, ’cause you think that’ll end the, ‘Are they engaged? Are they not?’ And that’s true in the reverse, as well. If you are — if there is any inkling of trouble, or if the tabloids decide there’s trouble, it can create trouble. But to be honest, public scrutiny, everyone says, ‘Oh, you’ve had to go through this in public.’ The public isn’t what’s hard. What’s hard is going through it.”
Garner and Affleck tied the knot in 2005, ultimately separating in 2015. The 45-year-old actor has since moved on with “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, but he and Garner remain amicable for their children.