Jennifer Garner steps out with son Samuel in LA

Make-up free Jennifer Garner steps out with son Samuel in LA… after ex Ben Affleck reflected on speculation he blamed her for his alcoholism

Jennifer Garner was spotted taking her son Samuel, 11, to school on Monday – days after her ex Ben Affleck made rare comments about their marriage.

The Alias alum, 50, showed off her radiant complexion by going make-up free and was dressed casually in black sweatpants, a black t-shirt, and  black jacket with trainers.

Samuel. Garner’s son with her ex-husband Affleck, 50, wore jeans and a green shirt with a black jacket and blue trainers as he pulled his wheeled book bag.

Garner is next set to star in the AppleTV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me on the bestselling novel of the same name by Laura Dave.

Garner’s outing comes after her ex-husband publicly admitted that he doesn’t blame her for his alcoholism. 

Walk: Jennifer Garner was spotted taking her son Samuel, 11, to school on Monday – days after her ex Ben Affleck made rare comments about their marriage  

‘I had a really painful experience where I did an interview where I was really vulnerable and the entire pickup was something that was not only not right, it was actually the opposite of what I meant,’ the Gone Girl star told the Hollywood Reporter.

He was clarifying a statement he made in December 2021 during an interview with Howard Stern in which he seemed to blame his failing marriage with Garner for his alcoholism.

Now, he’s setting the record straight, saying, ‘To be clear, my behavior is my responsibility entirely. The point that I was trying to make was a sad one. Anyone who’s been through divorce makes that calculus of, “How much do we try?”’

Affleck shares daughters Violet, 17, and Seraphina, 14, and  Samuel with Garner. 

‘I was trying to say, “Hey, look, I was drinking too much and the less happy you become, whether it’s your job, your marriage, it’s just that as your life becomes more difficult, if you’re doing things to fill a hole that aren’t healthy, you’re going to start doing more of those things.”‘

‘I think I was pretty articulate about that,’ he said. ‘It didn’t matter how many times I said, “I do not feel this way. I’m telling you, I don’t blame my ex-wife for my alcoholism.” So, yeah. It’s hard.’

He added: ‘We loved each other. We care about each other. We have respect for each other.’

Casual stroll: The Alias alum, 50, was dressed super casually in black sweatpants, a black t-shirt, and black jacket with trainers

Clarification: Jen’s errand comes after her ex-husband Ben Affleck clarified a statement he made in December 2021 that appeared to blame his alcoholism on his failing marriage

Happier times: Ben and Jen were married from 2005-2018 – pictured 2014 – Affleck is now wed to Jennifer Lopez

Meanwhile, The Last Thing He Told Me follows Garner’s character Hannah as she looks for clues to the disappearance of her husband Owen, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 52.

‘I haven’t heard from Owen in 24 hours,’ she says of her husband, who goes missing and leaves a note asking her to protect her 16-year-old stepdaughter Bailey, played by Angourie Rice.

The series also reunites Garner with her Alias co-star and one of her real life BFFs, Victor Garber.

The thrilling trailer for the series takes viewers on a fast-paced ride filled with clues, a bag filled with rolls of cash, a warning from a stranger, and a note that simply says, Protect Her.

‘I may not know why your father did what he did, but I know who he is,’ she says to her stepdaughter.

‘Why are you making him sound like some criminal mastermind,’ Garner’s character asks someone as she investigate’s her husband’s disappearance.

Laura Dave created and adapted the seven part series with her Oscar winning husband, Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer.

Garner produces the series alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. The series co-stars Aisha Tyler, Augusto Aguilera, Geoff Stults and John Harlan Kim.

The Last Thing He Told Me premieres April 14 on Apple TV+.

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