Jennifer Garner has broken her silence on many aspects of her relationship with ex Ben Affleck.
The biggest takeaway, though, is that Garner said she wouldn’t change her decision to marry Affleck.
“I ran down the beach to him, and I would again,’’ she told the glossy. “You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. 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.’’
She said she’s moving on, adding that she was able to laugh at the joke made about Affleck at the Golden Globes — that Matt Damon was the only person her ex-husband had ever been faithful to.
“People have pain—they do regrettable things, they feel shame, and shame equals pain,’’ she said. “No one needs to hate him for me. I don’t hate him. Certainly we don’t have to beat the guy up. Don’t worry—my eyes were wide open during the marriage. I’m taking good care of myself.’’
Garner did make one thing clear, however: She refuses to claim responsibility for Affleck’s back tattoo of a phoenix rising from the ashes, which he began sporting last year.
“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?’’ she said, later adding, “I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.’’
Read the full interview here.