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Jennifer Garner Just Got Super Real About Her Breakup with Ben Affleck

The actress also mocked her ex's now infamous back tattoo.

Jennifer Garner Got Really Real About Her Divorce with Ben Affleck
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Last summer, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced they were calling it quits after ten years of marriage. Despite the tabloid storm sparked by their split, both camps have remained relatively silent about what went down. However, in a new interview with Vanity Fair, the relatively private actress spoke candidly and emotionally about her breakup, "nannygate," and, yes, even Affleck's godawful back tattoo

If you have a few moments, the article is definitely worth a read (but keep the tissues handy). If you don't, here are some of the key highlights from the emotional interview. 

Jennifer Garner on "nannygate"...

“We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives.” Months later, she’s still assessing the damage. “I have had to have conversations about the meaning of ‘scandal,’” she says, with her children.

On her decision to marry Ben Affleck:  

“He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. 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.”

On truth: 

"He’s still the only person who really knows the truth about things. And I’m still the only person that knows some of his truths.”

On her dating life: 

“I guess. I don’t know. It’s just that [from] everyone that I know that is dating it just seems, well…. Men don’t call anymore…. I want flowers; I don’t want to text. What does that make me? What kind of dinosaur am I?”

On Ben Affleck's ridiculous back tattoo of a phoenix: 

One thing is for sure: she refuses to claim responsibility for the midlife-crisis tattoo—the rising phoenix—that takes up her estranged husband’s entire back, as seen in photographs. “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.’ A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?” Garner says with a wink.

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