Jennifer Garner says she 'could cry' recalling tabloid scrutiny she faced when married to Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner is getting candid on the unglamorous side of fame.

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.

Garner recalls a time when there were as many as 15 to 20 cars parked outside her home on the weekends, looking for any information they could dig up on her and her family.

"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."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
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Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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"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.

"Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them and loves them the way you love them, @benaffleck," the brunette beauty said of Affleck last month on Instagram. "#happyfathersday #threeluckykids #haveagreatday."

Watch Garner's full CBS Sunday Morning interview on Sunday, July 15 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on CBS. 

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