Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's separation continues to spark a number of untrue rumors. Gossip Cop previously did a "fact vs. fiction" on the couple after the Affleck-Garner divorce news first broke in 2015. But neither star ended up filing. Now amidst conflicting claims about a permanent split and a reconciliation, Gossip Cop can once again exclusively reveal what's real and what's rumor.
FICTION: Jennifer Garner is filing for divorce, according to Star.
FACT: Two weeks ago, the tabloid claimed in a cover story that Garner was "finally ready to pull the plug and move ahead with a divorce." Gossip Cop, however, exclusively learned that nothing had changed in her dynamic with Affleck, and no action was being taken. We were also told the gossip magazine didn't bother to vet its claims before publishing them.
FICTION: Jennifer Garner is dating a mystery man, according to In Touch.
FACT: Last week, the tabloid alleged Garner had a secret boyfriend, and that's why she was "finally ready to file for divorce." It was even said Affleck "recently moved out of their home at Jen's request." It was all untrue. Gossip Cop exclusively confirmed that Garner wasn't dating anyone, and Affleck was still living on the family property.
FICTION: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are back together, according to RadarOnline.
FACT: Earlier this week, the webloid asserted the formerly-engaged stars were "back on" and "hotter than ever." It was a juicy story, but one rooted in fantasy. Affleck and Lopez have nothing to do with each other, and haven't for years. An Affleck source exclusively told Gossip Cop there was "no truth" to the salacious tale, while Lopez's also told rep us it was entirely "false."
FICTION: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner aren't speaking, according to In Touch.
FACT: In Wednesday's new issue, a "silent treatment" article contended the estranged spouses' relationship had taken a "nasty turn." Naturally, it included the aforementioned untrue allegations about Garner having a boyfriend and Affleck moving out. The tabloid regurgitated its false claims and published new ones on top of it. Gossip Cop can now exclusively reveal that the two continue to co-parent and remain on friendly terms, speaking regularly.
FICTION: Jennifer Garner called off her divorce with Ben Affleck, according to People.
FACT: Also on Wednesday, the magazine said that while not officially reconciled, the stars were "giving things another try." The front of outlet's new issue even announced that the divorce is "on hold." But, just as Gossip Cop said above, nothing has changed. Gossip Cop is exclusively told that this is just a media-fueled cycle that keeps repeating, with publications one day saying a divorce is imminent, and the next day saying divorce is off the table.
And with the contradictory In Touch and People claims published on the same day, it's clear how that pendulum swings from one extreme to another, with neither report being right. The truth, quite frankly, is a lot more boring. Though Garner and Affleck split nearly two years ago, Gossip Cop is told their relationship remains very much in the middle of those two extremes. Their status quo is maintaining their family unit with as much love and respect as possible. There is no divorce OR reconciliation immediately on the horizon. But Gossip Cop will continue to separate fact from fiction as necessary.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is accurate to the best of our ability.