PEOPLE reported first thing this morning that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have called off their divorce – for now:
Though the actors, both 44 — who announced their separation back in June 2015 — aren’t back together, they have decided to keep working on their marriage after going through a recent rough patch that nearly led to a permanent split.
“Jen has called off the divorce,” a source close to Garner tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. “She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try.”
But a source close to the couple says it was a decision they both made: “There is always a chance of reconciliation. They love each other. They also really, really love their kids, and those kids love their parents.”
Last month, US Weekly reported that Jennifer was actually ready to move ahead with the divorce. Now PEOPLE isn’t disputing that original story but is updating the situation… so… why?
What happened between early February and now?
Well, Ben’s kept a pretty low profile. Professionally he recently announced that he will not be directing The Batman and there’s been some rumouring that he may not even star in the movie. On the personal side, he was at the Oscars to support his brother Casey but was not seen at any of the after-parties. So, it would seem that Ben’s focusing on family right now and perhaps that focus is what convinced Jennifer to reconsider, giving her reason to believe that their marriage can be repaired and that they can come out stronger for it.
Ben and Jennifer are both Rats. Remember the forecast for Rats in the Year of the Rooster? Rats are supposed to be super lucky this year – and 1972 Rats are the luckiest of all Rats… but only if they stay focused and make good decisions. If you believe Chinese astrology then, yes, they are totally getting back together. If he can keep his sh-t together.
Oh and also? Great timing for these sources to be talking to PEOPLE…you know…um… this week, almost like it’s … insurance? She's always the one who’s had his back, always the one who saves him from himself.
Here's Jennifer Garner out in LA on Monday with her son.