Tuesday 21 August 2018

'If the tabloids decide that there's trouble, it can create trouble' - Jennifer Garner on scrutiny on her relationships

Jennifer Garner (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Garner (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Garner attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Garner finds the "public scrutiny" about her relationships difficult.

The 46-year-old actress - who has Violet, 12, Seraphina, nine, and Samuel, six, with her ex-husband Ben Affleck - admits it is tough having a relationship in the spotlight and says it puts "pressure to make something happen".

She said: "Scrutiny on your private life puts a pressure to make something happen. You feel a pressure to hurry up and get married, because you think that will end the 'are they engaged or are they not?' And that's true of the reverse as well. If there is any inkling of trouble, or if the tabloids decide that there's trouble, it can create trouble.

"But, to be honest, public scrutiny - everyone says, 'oh, you had to go through this in public' - the public isn't what's hard. What's hard is going through it. I don't look at it.

Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

"I had to really get serious with myself and say this is not healthy, no one should see pictures of themselves that paparazzi have taken."

And the '13 Going On 30' star finds fame "startling and shocking". She added to CBS Sunday Morning: "It's startling to become recognisable. It's startling and shocking.

"There was a solid decade where there were five or six cars minimum - and easily up to 15 or 20 on the weekends - outside of my house at all times. I really feel the stress of it, I really - I could cry talking about it."

Meanwhile, Jennifer previously insisted she isn't "interested in dating" following her split from Ben.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

She said: "I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It's something that we are working through.

"I haven't been on a date and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up and I am just like, 'No, thank you!'"

Actress Jennifer Garner (R) and her daughter Violet Affleck listen to Ben Affleck testify before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on
Actress Jennifer Garner (R) and her daughter Violet Affleck listen to Ben Affleck testify before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26, 2015. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

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