Jennifer Garner appears unfazed after Ben Affleck’s controversial comments

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck walking and posing on a red carpet

Ben Affleck: I would’ve ‘still’ been drinking if I’d stayed married to Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner was seen in good spirits less than 24 hours after her ex-husband, Ben Affleck, aired their dirty laundry in an interview.

She was photographed Wednesday going for a stroll in Santa Monica, Calif., holding a cup of coffee and flashing a big smile.

Affleck, who went to rehab for alcoholism in 2018, told Howard Stern on Tuesday that he “still would’ve been drinking” had he remained married to Garner.

Jennifer Garner drinking a cup of coffee.
Jennifer Garner appears happy after Ben Affleck said he felt “trapped” in their former marriage.BACKGRID

“I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’” he added in the revealing interview. “And what I did was [I] drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”

Jennifer Garner drinking a cup of coffee.
Jennifer Garner appears happy after Ben Affleck said he felt “trapped” in their former marriage.BACKGRID
The former couple was married from 2005 to 2018 and share three children: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and 9-year-old Samuel.

Garner sips on her cup of Joe after her ex dragged their marriage through the mud.BACKGRID

The “Batman” star also told Stern that the exes had moments of tension, disagreements over custody, but ultimately split “amicably.”

Affleck was slammed over his remarks because it appeared to many that he had just publicly humiliated the mother of his three children, and placed a big part of the blame for his alcoholism on her.

“When you can’t accept that your drinking problem is because of you, you still have a drinking problem,” one person pointed out on Twitter. “Jennifer Garner didn’t drive Ben Affleck to drink, she did however drive him to rehab probably saving his life.”

Another, referencing the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Steps program, added, “If Ben Affleck is blaming Jennifer Garner for his drinking he needs to hold himself accountable and do Step 4. And then get on his knees and thank her for putting up with his insufferable ass.”

AA’s Step 4 refers to the need to conduct “a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

Some on social media also believed that Affleck’s latest statements should be a warning sign for Jennifer Lopez, the Oscar winner’s rekindled girlfriend.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in 2014WireImage
“Ben Affleck made it sound on Stern that marriage to Jennifer Garner was so insufferable that it drove him to drink,” one person tweeted. “Even if he believes that, you don’t say it for the sake of the kids or to be a person of integrity. Maybe Jennifer Lopez should re-think things.”

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at a red carpet event earlier this week.
Affleck and Lopez began dating again earlier this year. They spent Halloween together with Garner.Getty Images

However, Garner doesn’t appear as peeved as people on Twitter — in public, at least.

During her morning walk with her kids, she was relaxed and cool, which appears to be her modus operandi when dealing with matters concerning her ex-husband.

Last week, Affleck was seen venting to Garner, and seemed very distressed due to his boisterous arm movements and wide-eyed gazes.

However, the “Alias” alum just listened to him intently and remained calm with her hands at her sides.

In a 2016 Vanity Fair interview, Garner gave a glimpse into her dynamic with Affleck.

“He’s just a complicated guy,” she told the publication at the time. “I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”