Jennifer Garner thinks relationships in the spotlight can be a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy.’

The 13 Going On 30 star – who split from Ben Affleck in 2015 – admits fame puts a huge stress on relationships, and encourages couples to marry sooner than they are maybe ready to.

‘I think there’s something about seeing yourselves reflected in news of some kind – and whether it’s true or not,’ the Alias veteran told Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan show. ‘If it’s true and you are starting to be serious with someone and they start saying, “Well, when are they gonna be engaged?”‘ 

Hard on romance: Jennifer Garner thinks relationships in the spotlight can be a 'self-fulfilling prophecy'. The 13 Going On 30 star - who split from Ben Affleck in 2015 - admits fame puts a huge stress on relationships

Hard on romance: Jennifer Garner thinks relationships in the spotlight can be a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’. The 13 Going On 30 star – who split from Ben Affleck in 2015 – admits fame puts a huge stress on relationships

The challenge: 'I think there's something about seeing yourselves reflected in news of some kind - and whether it's true or not,' the Alias veteran told Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan show

The challenge: ‘I think there’s something about seeing yourselves reflected in news of some kind – and whether it’s true or not,’ the Alias veteran told Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan show

The mother of three added: ‘It’s almost like you just want to get there so that you can complete that and just maybe it will die down for a second.

‘And then it’s immediately, “Trouble in paradise.” And it becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.’

She was wed to her Pearl Harbor and Daredevil co-star Ben from 2004 until 2018; they separated in 2015 and filed for divorce in 2017.

Together they have daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Sam, eight.

Pressure to wed: 'If it's true and you are starting to be serious with someone and they start saying, "Well, when are they gonna be engaged?"' she said

Pressure to wed: ‘If it’s true and you are starting to be serious with someone and they start saying, “Well, when are they gonna be engaged?”‘ she said

After Ben, she dated businessman John Miller from 2018 until earlier this year.

Before Affleck, she was wed to Felicity star Scott Foley from 1999 until 2004 then she dated her Alias co-star Michael Vartan from 2003 until 2004.

Meanwhile, Ben – who before Jen dated Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez – previously acknowledged his struggle with alcoholism caused his marriage to break down, and has spoken highly of the Peppermint actress, as he said he feels ‘lucky’ to have her as his co-parenting partner.

He said: ‘When you have children with somebody you’re connected to them forever. 

Pushed together? The mother of three added: 'It's almost like you just want to get there so that you can complete that and just maybe it will die down for a second. 'And then it's immediately, "Trouble in paradise." And it becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy'; seen with Ben in 2013

Pushed together? The mother of three added: ‘It’s almost like you just want to get there so that you can complete that and just maybe it will die down for a second. ‘And then it’s immediately, “Trouble in paradise.” And it becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy’; seen with Ben in 2013

Three little ones: She was wed to Ben from 2004 until 2018; they separated in 2015 and filed for divorce in 2017. Together they have daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Sam, eight; seen in 2018

Three little ones: She was wed to Ben from 2004 until 2018; they separated in 2015 and filed for divorce in 2017. Together they have daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Sam, eight; seen in 2018

‘And I’m very lucky she is the mother of my children. I’m very grateful and respectful of her. 

‘Our marriage didn’t work, and that’s difficult. Both of us really believe that it’s important for kids to see their parents respect one another and get along, whether they’re together or not.’

The Justice League star knows the impact divorce can have on children as his own parents split when he was young, and has praised Jennifer for helping to ease the ‘pain’ endured by their brood in the wake of their breakup.

Another ex-husband: The beauty was wed to Felicity star Scott Foley from 1999 until 2004

Another ex-husband: The beauty was wed to Felicity star Scott Foley from 1999 until 2004

Close friends then dating: She was with her Alias co-star Michael Vartan from 2003 until 2004; seen in 2002

Close friends then dating: She was with her Alias co-star Michael Vartan from 2003 until 2004; seen in 2002

He added: ‘My parents got divorced when I was young and I know how painful that is, and I knew that they [my kids] would have to go through that publicly. But kids are resilient. 

‘They appreciate the truth. It’s important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen and she treats me the same way. I have a lot of respect and gratitude toward her. And I wish her the very best.’

Ben is now dating Knives Out actress Ana de Armas; her next film is the Bond movie No Time To Die. 

Also in the interview Jennifer talked about her upbringing.

Her mom: Jennifer also talked about how her mother grew up in poverty but worked her way up. She credited her mother for getting her graduate degree and then teaching remedial reading to students who can't read

Her mom: Jennifer also talked about how her mother grew up in poverty but worked her way up. She credited her mother for getting her graduate degree and then teaching remedial reading to students who can’t read

Helping hand: Garner also talked about her endeavors with her organic baby food brand Once Upon a Farm and nonprofit Save the Children's Save with Stories program

Helping hand: Garner also talked about her endeavors with her organic baby food brand Once Upon a Farm and nonprofit Save the Children’s Save with Stories program

‘My parents are just salt of the earth … my mom grew up really poor in Locust Grove, Oklahoma on a farm,’ the actress said on Tell Me More.

The Camping actress said she’s had in-depth conversations with her mother Patricia Ann Garner about her upbringing.

‘I said to her, “Mom does it bother you when I talk about your poverty as a poverty as a child, does that bother you?” And she said, “I’m never ashamed of going up poor; rather I am amazed by the grace and the dignity that my parents had throughout my childhood.”‘

Little Jenny: Here is a rare photo of Jennifer as a child growing up on a farm

Little Jenny: Here is a rare photo of Jennifer as a child growing up on a farm

She credited her mother for getting her graduate degree and then teaching remedial reading to students who can’t read.

She commended her father Billy Jack for working hard to support his family, traveling the world to make a living.

Garner also talked about her endeavors with her organic baby food brand Once Upon a Farm and nonprofit Save the Children’s Save with Stories program, which has aided with the distribution of food and educational tools to children who would normally get it in school amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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