Jennifer Garner Dating Businessman John Miller After Finalizing Ben Affleck Divorce
By Antoinette Bueno
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Jennifer Garner has moved on romantically following her divorce from Ben Affleck.
The 46-year-old actress has been dating businessman John Miller for a few months, a source tells ET. The source says Garner and Miller immediately hit it off after meeting through mutual friends, and have been going on dates.
"They went for romantic dinners far out of town or at his home," the source says. "He is warm, fun and incredibly smart. He is a real success in the business world and has no interest in being in the entertainment industry.”
“Jen’s marriage to Ben has been over for a very long time and, while her first priority has always been her kids, she knew she needed to rebuild her life without Ben," the source continues. "It wasn’t easy at first and she even had to push herself to date. When she finally did step into that world, she kept that part of her life very private.”
According to the source, Garner's pals fully approve.
"Her friends know how much pain Jen has been through in the last several years and have wanted this for her for a very long time," the source shares. "They are thrilled to see her happy. She literally has been smiling ear to ear. Right now, Jen’s dating life is going so well and Ben has finally started taking his sobriety seriously, that she is over the moon -- and she deserves it.”
"Jen will do anything to avoid what she went through with Ben and she is aware of the effect fame had on Ben’s life and in turn on their marriage," the source adds.
Miller is the CEO of Cali Group, a tech company that owns Miso Robotics and a chain of 50 CaliBurger restaurants. CaliBurger is notable for its use of "Flippy," the world’s first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant developed by Miso Robotics, that works alongside staff to cook burgers. As for his personal life, the 40-year-old businessman was previously married to concert violinist Caroline Campbell before filing for divorce in 2011, and their divorce has not yet been finalized. Usreports that Miller and Campbell are just waiting for a judge to sign off and make it official.
Interestingly enough, Garner and Affleck were recently in the same situation, before the actress filed to speed up the process by requesting a private judge to sign off on their divorce papers in order to finalize it. Garner and 46-year-old Affleck had been separated since 2015 before their divorce became official earlier this month.
As for Garner's reported new man, he's certainly accomplished. According to Cali Group's website, Miller graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School and is an author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy, and Intellectual Property Law as well as other publications related to nanomaterials and nanoscale electronics.
In a video shared on YouTube from January, Miller explains the benefits of a face-based payment and loyalty program in restaurants.
Earlier this month, a source told ET that Garner was dating again following her split from Affleck. Garner was also staying "far away from celebrity dating," the source said at the time.
"Her closest friends are in full support of Jen moving on and finding someone special to spend her life with," the source said. "She truly deserves the very best. After everything Jen's been through, her friends and family are rooting for her to move on and live her life without Ben, and finally she seems 100 percent on board."