EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are 'making it work' one year after separation, but still not divorced
It's been almost one year since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split, and Wednesday marks the 11th anniversary of their wedding. However, while the two are separated, they still remain legally married.
"They still have not officially filed paperwork for a divorce," a source tells ET, adding they "don't know if that will ever happen."
Affleck also recently referred to Garner as "his wife" in an interview on HBO.They're "making it work," the source notes about the pair, and as the months have flown by, the estranged couple has settled into a new normal of co-parenting and "the year of wine," as Garner put it in a February sit-down with Vanity Fair.
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"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said in a statement to ET on June 30, 2015. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
Aside from actually filing for divorce and a headline-making scandal, Affleck and Garner have kept up their end of the bargain as they have gone forward in the public eye with a seemingly cordial relationship, especially around their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. But what's really happening behind the scenes?
Take a look at what they have been up to since their big breakup:
They Still Live on the Same Property
Affleck didn't travel too far following their separation. Reports swirled shortly after they pulled the plug on their longtime romance that the 43-year-old actor was still a presence at their family home. "He still lives on the property in Brentwood, California, but in separate living quarters," another source tells ET.
On July 29, 2015, Us Weekly claimed Affleck was secretly dating the couple's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian. A rep for Affleck denied the reports to ET at the time. Ouzounian reportedly chatted openly that week at the Hotel Bel-Air in California with friends about Affleck. According to ET's sources, she was glued to media coverage about herself.
"We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," Garner claimed in a later interview about the scandal. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It's not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives." As for what happened to Ouzounian, ET learned in November that she was getting close again with her ex-fiance, Christoph Albury. "It's really strange," the source said at the time. "It's like they've just gone back to normal and the Ben stuff didn't even happen."
Affleck Gets a Massive Back Tattoo
Many people just get a haircut, but Affleck shocked fans with some post-breakup body art in December 2015 when he exposed a massive phoenix tattoo covering his entire back while on set for the film, Live by Night . "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart," Garner joked of the ink in her Vanity Fair Interview. "A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?" It still remains to be seen if it's actually real as we've yet to see it in its glory again. Affleck did tell us in March, "I have a lot of tattoos. It's true, I do," adding "I don't have them places where you can see them, because that's private."
Garner Breaks Her Silence on the Split
The 44-year-old actress didn't hold back during her revealing tell-all interview with Vanity Fair. She assured fans not to "worry" about her, that her "eyes were wide open" during their marriage. "I didn't marry the big fat movie star; I married him," Garner explained. "And I would go back and remake that decision. He's the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? I always say, 'When his sun shines on you, you feel it.' But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it's cold,'" she added. "He can cast quite a shadow." Garner told ET in March that the feedback she has gotten from the candid one-on-one has been "very loving."
Affleck Responds to Garner's Revealing Interview
The Oscar Winner had nothing but praise for his ex after the interview hit the Internet. "She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with, so she could say, 'Look, I already talked about it -- I don't want to do it again,'" Affleck told The New York Times. "It's fine. She's allowed to talk about it." He also shared with Ellen DeGeneres: "We're good friends and we're doing our best, and the kids are fabulous and we're working on our best for them."
They Spend Time Together Regularly With Their Children
There are no boundaries between them when it comes to their kids. The proud parents have been seen out and about together as a family on countless occasions. So much so that it has sparked reconciliation rumors, especially after their family trip to Paris and London in May while Affleck filmed Justice League. But will it happen? A source close to Affleck tells ET, "They're in a good place and co-parenting the best they can."