Are Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Still Trying to Make Their Marriage Work?
By ETonline Staff
Despite sorting through the difficulties of divorce, it seems that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner might be trying to work it out -- at least for their kids.
Affleck was spotted back in Atlanta on Friday, where Jen has been filming Miracles from Heaven, and he seems to be making a concerned effort at connecting with his estranged wife and their children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
The 42-year-old actor was spotted in the yard of the rental house, looking generally defeated. Ben was in the home without his family on Friday, where he was frequently spotted with a drink in hand or wandering outside to smoke, often with a mopey expression on his face.
By Saturday morning, the family was reunited, with an eyewitness telling ET that Ben took two of the kids to the farmer’s market before the whole family of five was spotted later in the afternoon at a local mall before they all headed back home.
A source tells ET that "the mood was cordial but distant," with Jen, 43, going into the shopping center separately during the three-hour trip. The two parents barely spoke, nor did they touch or hold hands. Ben appeared a bit edgy, while Jen seemed to go-with-the-flow of the day. Despite any agitation, both actors seemed to put on a united front for their kids, right down to wearing their wedding rings.
This latest trip to Atlanta comes as Ben is slamming reports that he was romantically involved with the family's ex-nanny, Christine Ouzounian. Despite his rep's calling the rumors "complete garbage," Ouzounian has insisted that she and the A-list star were intimate.
Ouzounian joined Ben and Jennifer in the Bahamas last month, around the time the two announced they were divorcing, though Ben returned to Los Angeles alone.
Ben and Jennifer currently have a couple of nannies helping them out while Jen films in Atlanta. Not surprisingly, Ouzounian is not one of them.