Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are putting a new kind of relationship front and centre: their friendship. Working hard to remain on good terms after ending their 10-year marriage in June, the actors smiled and chatted while leaving an appointment on Thursday in Los Angeles.
While neither of them were wearing their wedding rings, the amicable exes were totally at ease as they spent time together, chatting and laughing while leaving the building in Santa Monica. It comes after the couple confirmed that they planned to "go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children", when they announced their plans to divorce.
Ben and Jennifer, both 43, spent much of the summer in Atlanta, where Jennifer was filming Miracles from Heaven. Ben, meanwhile, put his focus on caring for the couple's three children, Violet, nine, Seraphina, six and three-year-old Samuel.
They returned to LA at the end of August, with Jennifer and the children staying in the family home, and Ben living in a rented property just down the street. "She's happy to get back to her usual, family routine with the kids in LA," a source told People of Jennifer this week. "Jen seems in good spirits and is almost back to her normal, positive personality."
It hasn't all been plain sailing for the pair, however. Over the summer, Ben was hit by claims that he had an affair with their 28-year-old nanny Christine Ouzounian. He has vehemently denied the dating rumours, with his spokesperson telling Page Six that the story is "garbage" and "full of lies".
Jennifer and Ben shocked their fans when they announced their split on June 30, just one day after marking their tenth wedding anniversary.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said in a joint statement. "We go forward with love and friendship and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."