The first holidays after a divorce can be awkward, even for celebrities. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will be celebrating their first Christmas since breaking up this year, but they might not have separate celebrations.
“Jen and Ben are figuring out right now how they can best spend the holidays together,” a source told People. The source also noted that Garner, “wants to get along with Ben for the kids' sake.”
Affleck and Garner, both 43, share three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. When they announced their divorce, which was rumored to be caused by an affair with Affleck and nanny Christine Ouzounian, they promised that they would continue to parent their kids together. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time,” they said in a statement.
They seem to be living up to that promise. The two were spotted taking all three children to a cupcake shop together in Los Angeles last week, the Daily Mail reports. Since they separated, Affleck and Garner have been seen together with their children numerous times.
For Christmas, they’ll probably try to make the holiday as normal for their children as possible. That appears to be what they’ve been doing since they announced their split in June.
“Not a lot has changed since they split up as far as the kids are concerned,” a source told E! Online last month. “Ben and Jen trade off taking them to school, depending on whose schedule is free that day. Sometimes they get coffee in the morning or take the kids to karate or for ice cream after school. They do a lot of stuff together, by choice. Even though just one of them could go and get the kids, they've been making an effort to both go together.”
Affleck and Garner started dating in 2004. They were married for 10 years before separating. Though they announced their plans to end the marriage, they still have not filed for divorce because they’re said to be mediating privately before doing the paperwork.