Just last week, several media outlets reported that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had decided to reconcile after 18 months of separation.
The news didn’t come as a total shock, as neither Affleck nor Garner filed for divorce during the year and a half they were apart.
Now, however, it seems the tabloid press may have jumped the gun by reporting that Bennifer 2.0 was officially back on.
According to Us Weekly, despite rumors to the contrary, Garner is still very much considering calling it quits on her marriage.
The magazine claims that Garner is now open to the possibility of giving Ben another chance, but as of right now, the couple remains separated.
“They could always get back together,” a source tells Us.
“There is a lot of love and support there, and they have worked out a way to have their family that works for them.”
Sounds like Ben and Jen remain mired in a limbo of indecision, unwilling to officially pull the plug and file for divorce, but afraid of giving the man-and-wife thing another go only to have it blow up in their faces.
It seems that for much of their time apart, Jen has been hoping for Ben to change his ways (He’s been accused of heavy drinking, excessive gambling, and nanny-banging Christine Ouzounian.) and now he’s finally beginning to show progress.
Sources say Jen is currently dithering over whether it’s too little, too late.
The tipster tells Us that Affleck and Garner’s issues go back several years, and Ben has had to talk Jen into sticking it out on several occasions:
“They were going to divorce when Sam was born, but you know how it is — baby comes and solves the issues for a bit, but it’s just a Band-Aid. It hasn’t been working for ages,” a source said at the time.
“Ben truly wanted his idea of family life and the idea of family he had growing up in Boston, so he stayed in it longer than he wanted to because of the kids and the idea of family. But he couldn’t save it.”
During their separation, Ben and Jen attended marriage counseling, but sources say they quit after a couple sessions.
These days it sounds like there’s a remote possibility of a reconciliation …
… but the smart money is still on Affleck and Garner going their separate ways.