Jennifer Garner has not had an easy year.
The usually cheerful actress spoke to Vanity Fair about her marriage to fellow A-lister Ben Affleck and his alleged affair with the household nanny, Christine Ouzounian.
Garner said the debacle was especially difficult on her and Ben's three children: Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 4.
The 43-year-old shared,
Contrary to tabloid reports of 2015, the “Miracles from Heaven” star insisted it was not Ouzounian who drove the wedge in her marriage to Affleck.
Regardless of the decision to divorce and Affleck's “complicated” nature, Garner said she harbors no regrets.
She told the magazine,
Despite the actor's many positive attributes, his estranged wife also alluded to a dark side.
Though the couple's relationship, or lack thereof, remains a tricky one to navigate, Garner is prioritizing her children's needs over her own heartache.
But, no matter how solid she strives to keep her friendship with Affleck, Garner refuses to play into any trite ex-wife cliches.
When asked about her ex's new tattoo -- a phoenix rising from the ashes -- spanning his entire back, the actress strongly asserted,
You're nobody's ashes, Jen. NOBODY'S.
Citations: Exclusive: Jennifer Garner's Frank Talk About Kids, Men, and Ben Affleck (Vanity Fair), Jennifer Garner Breaks Silence About Ben Affleck Split and the Nanny Scandal (Entertainment Tonight)