Ben Affleck Being Held “Hostage” By Jennifer Garner?

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Ben Affleck Hostage Jennifer Garner

By Michael Lewittes


Ben Affleck Hostage Jennifer Garner

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Ben Affleck being held “hostage” by Jennifer Garner? That’s the claim by one of this week’s tabloids. Now, Gossip Cop has what’s real and what’s rumor.

According to the repeatedly disproven National Enquirer, Garner and Affleck are “back together on Jen’s terms only.” “Jen’s still furious with Ben for cheating on her,” a so-called “spy” tells the tabloid, “and Ben would rather be anywhere than back with her right now,” but he’s sticking around because he “fears she’ll air even more of his dirty laundry.” With the vagueness upon which these magazine’s thrive, since they often don’t have actual facts to back up their claims, the publication’s supposed source adds ominously, “Jen’s got a lot more on him that he doesn’t want to trot out in public. It’s like he’s being held hostage.”

Virtually nothing claimed by the tabloid is correct. In no particular order, among the inaccuracies is the allegation that Affleck was “cheating on her.” By Garner’s own words in her Vanity Fair interview for the March cover, “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.” Additionally, Affleck does not “fear” Garner will “air even more of his dirty laundry,” especially after the revealing Vanity Fair article.

Gossip Cop checked in with our impeccable Garner and Affleck sources, and we’re told they are not “back together,” as wrongly alleged by the tabloid, nor is Affleck “being held hostage” by Garner. “That’s untrue,” an insider tells Gossip Cop. We’re further told they are spending time together because they are co-parenting their three children, and are “just being,” says our source, who explains they’re going about their lives with no specific agenda.

Of course, Gossip Cop is not entirely surprised by the supermarket tabloid’s false report. In the past, we corrected the Enquirer for wrongly claiming Affleck was “back on” with Jennifer Lopez after separating from Garner. Gossip Cop also debunked the magazine’s inaccurate story about Affleck and Garner adopting twins to save their marriage. Like those, and several other tall tales, the latest about Affleck being “held hostage” by Garner is similarly off-base.

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