Ben Affleck Was Seen Stepping Out With His Daughter Violet, 16, And Son Samuel, Nine, In Los Angeles This Week

He shares them as well as another daughter called Seraphina, 13, with his ex Jennifer Garner whom he split from in 2015.

For his latest outing Ben cut a stylish figure in a navy pea coat over a burgundy top, accessorizing with a pair of aviators.

His sighting with his children comes after he told a heartwarming story on The Kelly Clarkson Show about the time Violet and Seraphina met Taylor Swift.

Ben admitted they ‘clam up’ at times while meeting famous people and were left speechless when they were introduced to Taylor.

Their father had to beg them: ‘We came all the way here, it’s Taylor Swift, say something!’ and then assure the pop act: ‘I’m telling you they’re fans.’

Ben wound up in a bit of hot water when he appeared on the Howard Stern Show in December and made viral remarks about his marriage to Jennifer.

The Last Duel actor, who has been candid about his past struggles with alcohol, said he ‘probably still would’ve been drinking’ had he not split from her.

‘Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped,’ said Ben, whom Jennifer famously drove to rehab when he relapsed years after their separation.

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

Social media erupted with criticism leveled at Ben, and although Jennifer did not publicly comment, a source who knows them both said his claims were ‘disgusting.’

The insider told Page Six: ‘Jen has been the only one picking him up time and time again when he’s done horrible things fallen off the wagon or worse. Jen stood by him because she loves him. This is the mother of his children.’

‘Anyone who knows addict behavior knows how untrue those comments could be for any addict, but particularly Ben,’ a different source pointed out. ‘It’s one of the first tenets of AA not to place blame for your disease.’

Ben and Jen married in 2005 and then welcomed three children before splitting in 2015 and finalizing their divorce in 2018.

Although the Garner-Affleck split came after his alleged affair with the family’s nanny Christine Ouzounian, Garner has insisted the dalliance was not to blame.

‘Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,’ Garner told Vanity Fair in 2016.

Ben has since dated such names as Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus and his Deep Water costar Ana De Armas.

He and Lindsay split up over the summer of 2018 and he then had a brief fling with Playboy model Shauna Sexton whom he took on dates to Nobu and Jack-In-The Box.

The Gigli actor relapsed on alcohol and that August 22 Jennifer was seen passing him Jack-In-The-Box in the backseat of a car while she drove him to rehab.

In fact, it was Jennifer who is said to have staged the intervention at Ben’s house, armed with a sober coach and a Bible.

Ben’s relapse in 2018 came just before the shoot was due to begin on his film The Way Back where he played an alcoholic.

After he fell off the wagon it was Jennifer who called the film’s director Gavin O’Connor and pleaded with him to keep the project alive.

The way they were: Ben and Jen married in 2005 and before splitting in 2015 and finalizing their divorce in 2018; they are pictured at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

‘The studio certainly thought the movie was over,’ Gavin told 34th Street, a student magazine at his alma mater the University Of Pennsylvania.

‘His ex-wife Jennifer Garner called me up, and told me that when he went to rehab, he took a basketball with him,’ Gavin revealed. ‘She said: “Gavin, he’s asking you, please don’t pull the plug on the movie, he really wants to do this.”‘

Ben has now struck up a romance with his old flame Jennifer Lopez, whom he was engaged to until their breakup shortly before he began dating Jennifer Garner.

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