During an interview on CBS’ “Sunday Morning”, Garner talked about how the constant scrutiny and discussion of her divorce from Ben Affleck (who she shares her three children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and 6-year-old Samuel with) has been challenging. “I really feel the stress of it. I really, I could cry talking about it,” she said during the interview.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh, you’ve had to go through this in public.’ The public isn’t what’s hard; what’s hard is going through it,” she explains.
Of course, Garner and Affleck’s divorce was scrutinized more than most due to their professions, but many mothers can relate to the stress of a separation. And whether you or your partner’s private actions are being scrutinized by a small group of friends and family or by millions of followers, it hurts and can come as a bit of a shock.
“Divorce is a surprisingly public event,” author Beth Joselow wrote in her book, Life Lessons: 50 Things I Learned From My Divorce.