Ben Affleck Wants Jennifer Garner To Stop ‘Mothering’ Him?

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Ben Affleck isn’t trying to get ex-wife Jennifer Garner to stop “mothering” him, despite a made-up report. It’s just an odd rumor from a tabloid. Gossip Cop can correct it.

OK! claims that, although he appreciates her support, Affleck wants Garner to stop trying to micromanage his life and offer  him without asking. “Ben loves how doting she is toward him, but he could do without the late-night calls and the constant advice about his lifestyle,” an unnamed source tells the magazine. “It’s becoming increasingly patronizing.”

Garner, says the outlet, “feels the need to touch base” to keep up with Affleck’s sobriety. “She just figures he needs this type of influence in his life. After all, she was the one who rescued him and got him into rehab when he fell off the wagon last year in such a humiliating way,” the alleged tipster says. “Jen doesn’t judge — she just cares.”

This caring, according to the magazine, includes a few things that might be a little over the line for Affleck. “She can’t resist folding his laundry, cooking him dinner or straightening up his house whenever she brings [their three] kids over,” the questionable insider adds. “He’s doing great on his own, so he’s gently trying to tell her that he can take care of himself.”

Gossip Cop reached out to Affleck’s spokesperson, who went on the record with us to dismiss the story. The ex-spouses are still closely involved in one another’s lives, given the fact that they co-parent their children and attend their kids’ events together. That being said, Garner is acting as a mom to anyone but her children. The magazine’s unnamed “source” doesn’t have deep insight into the personal feelings of both stars.

This also isn’t OK!’s first incorrect story about Garner and Affleck’s relationship or the actor’s journey to sobriety. In October 2018, Gossip Cop called out the tabloid for a bogus article about Affleck moving into Garner’s guest house for support and to be closer to the kids. Shortly before that, the tabloid claimed Garner promised to reunite with Affleck if he went to rehab.

The tabloid simply just doesn’t know what’s really happening in the lives of the ex-spouses or where their relationship currently stands. Affleck isn’t annoyed with his ex-wife, nor is she going out of her way to “mother” him. Gossip Cop will continue to correct any more of these made-up rumors regarding the cordial exes.


Shuster, Andrew. "Ben Affleck Moving Back Into Jennifer Garner’s Guesthouse?" Gossip Cop, 12 Oct. 2018.

"Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck NOT 'Back Together' After 'Rehab Ultimatum,' Despite Report." Gossip Cop, 29 Aug. 2018.

Brooke Blumberg, spokesperson for Ben Affleck. 23 Oct. 2019.