Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck broke up in 2015, and last year, he went public with a new relationship with Lindsay Shookus. Though he has very clearly moved on, Garner hasnâ€™t opted for a new romance just yet. But that hasnâ€™t stopped the tabloids from making up fictional ones. Below, check out five wrong dating rumors about the actress below.
Just over a year ago, OK! announced Garner was in a â€śrevenge romanceâ€ť with Chris Pine. â€śChris and Jen have been seeing each other on the down-low for a little while now,â€ť a so-called â€śinsiderâ€ť was quoted as saying. At the same time, though, it was claimed they were stepping out at the Sunset Tower and going on afternoon hikes. Yet the stars, who are routinely photographed by paparazzi, were never seen together. Thatâ€™s because they werenâ€™t dating, and this cover story was fabricated out of thin air, as Gossip Cop said 12 months ago. Time has since proven our reporting was correct. Earlier this year, Pine started dating Annabelle Wallis.
In March, the National Enquirer wanted readers to believe Garner had a â€śnew guy,â€ť an unnamed lawyer whom she already introduced to her family over a New Yearâ€™s vacation. As the story went, Garner and her kids initially spent Christmas in Montana with Affleck, but once he left, the purported beau and her family arrived to continue the holiday celebration. Tellingly, it was not said how Garner and the unidentifiable attorney met, or even why the magazine was running this narrative months after the alleged rendezvous. The outlet also failed to acknowledge that a mere month before the holidays, Garner admitted sheâ€™s not interested in dating. And, as Gossip Cop noted, her spokesperson further confirmed she was still single.
The following month, in April, the publicationâ€™s sister site, RadarOnline, peddled a bogus romance narrative about Garner and Liam Neeson. The actor was said to be â€śtakenâ€ť with the mom of three, and â€śhoping to be set up with her.â€ť An untraceable â€śinsiderâ€ť claimed the pair bonded through her upcoming action film Peppermint, and maintained, â€śThe fascination is mutualâ€¦ They are flirting with the idea of going on an actual date.â€ť When Gossip Cop investigated, however, a rep for Neeson told us the tale was â€śB.S.â€ť There was also a clear factual error, with the blog wrongly contending Garner had â€śfinalizedâ€ť her divorce from Affleck â€ślast year.â€ť In actuality, the legal proceedings are ongoing, and it was the one-year anniversary of Garner filing for divorce just days before this misinformation was peddled.
Throughout the first half of 2018, OK! ran a number of phony articles about Garner being in a relationship with Josh Duhamel. This culminated in May, when the tabloid alleged she was suffering another â€śromantic letdownâ€ť because he was supposedly now getting close with Megan Fox. A so-called â€śsourceâ€ť asserted, â€śShe likes Josh and thinks heâ€™s handsome and very sexy, but sheâ€™s telling friends that maybe this is a sign she should step back.â€ť The problems here were two-fold: As Gossip Cop had already reported, and as the Love, Simon co-stars themselves had confirmed, Duhamel and Garner were not dating. But he wasnâ€™t pursuing a romance with the married Fox, either. In fact, the actor is currently dating Eiza Gonzalez.
Just last week, Star offered what is perhaps the most outrageous rumor of the bunch with a cover story claiming Garner and Shookus are â€śboth pregnantâ€ť Affleckâ€™s babies. It was alleged he possibly impregnated his estranged wife during a â€śsleepoverâ€ť at her home on March 7. An anonymous insider insisted, â€śPeople are buzzing sheâ€™s pregnant, and that the timing lines perfectly up with the night Ben slept at her place.â€ť Suspiciously, the cover of the issue said Garner was calling off their divorce, but nothing was mentioned about that in the actual article. Regardless, all of the contentions were untrue, both their spokespeople assured Gossip Cop on the record. We also uncovered a YouTube video from two days before this report that showed Garner has no baby bump whatsoever.
Garner has also been falsely linked to neighbors, various â€śmysteryâ€ť men, and even Patrick Dempsey. Thereâ€™s no reason to believe the star wonâ€™t re-enter the dating world eventually. But all of these reports have been wildly premature and inaccurate. Readers can count on Gossip Cop to keep sharing whatâ€™s real and whatâ€™s isnâ€™t going forward.
Russian, Ale. â€śHeating Up! Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis Soak Up the Sun and Take a Ride in His Vintage Car.â€ť People, 16 July 2018.
Miller, Mike. â€śJennifer Garner ‘Not Interested in Dating’ After Split: ‘I Would Not Have Chosen This Life’.â€ť People, 20 Nov. 2017.
Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, Spokesperson for Jennifer Garner.
Alan Nierob, Spokesperson for Liam Neeson.
Miller, Mike. â€śInside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Divorce on the One-Year Anniversary of Their Filing.â€ť People, 13 Apr. 2018.
Bueno, Antoinette. â€śJennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel on Laughing Off Dating Rumors While Working on ‘Love, Simon’ (Exclusive).â€ť Entertainment Tonight, 6 Mar. 2018.
â€śPDA Alert! Josh Duhamel & Eiza GonzĂˇlez Caught Kissing in Mexico.â€ť Extra, 2 July 2018.
Brooke Blumberg, Spokesperson for Ben Affleck. 18 July 2018.
Everyday Food Videos. â€śMartha Stewart and Jennifer Garner.â€ť YouTube, 16 July 2018.