Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were the subjects of a lot of bogus tabloid stories in 2018. The top wrong rumor about the pair came when a tabloid reported they were getting back together after the actor agreed to a “marriage and rehab ultimatum.” Gossip Cop debunked the story when it first emerged, and it’s been proven unequivocally false.
Shortly after Affleck checked into rehab for alcohol addition in August, OK! published a cover story claiming Garner was ready to take back her ex because he agreed to seek help. The actress was the one who staged an intervention that led Affleck back into treatment, and according to to the magazine, “She promised him if he gets sober they’ll renew their vows in a private, yet romantic, ceremony and become a family again.”
An alleged insider told the magazine that Garner’s ultimatum was “just the motivation” her ex needed to get sober. “Ben wants to be a family again and is thrilled that Jen agrees,” added the outlet’s questionable source. “He’s telling friends he finally got his wife back.”
When this story hit newsstands in August, a source close to Garner assured us it was fabricated. We were told the actress and her ex had no intention of reuniting following his latest stint in rehab. We also learned that Garner never told Affleck she would take him back if he sought treatment.
In October, Affleck checked out of rehab after a 40 day stay, and has since remained in outpatient care. The actor, however, never reconciled with his ex. In fact, Affleck and Garner finalized their divorce just days after he left the treatment facility. Despite the tabloid saying in August that the ex-spouses would reunite once Affleck left rehab, the opposite scenario played out instead.
Also in October, the news emerged that Garner has been dating CaliGroup CEO John Miller. It’s unclear exactly when the actress’s relationship with the exec began, but it’s believed they’ve been casually seeing each other for several months. It seems the actress was already dating someone new when Affleck checked into rehab in late August, which makes it even more apparent that she never promised to take him back.
Here’s what really happened. OK! decided to exploit the news that Affleck was checking into rehab by tying the situation to his marriage and a possible reconciliation with Garner. The entire scenario was a work of fiction, and it marks 2018’s top wrong rumor about the exes.