The grass isn’t greener on the other side for Ben Affleck.
You might love Ben Affleck as Batman, but you probably don’t love Ben Affleck the husband. He wasn’t that great, and it’s his biggest regret, but he’s living with that, and so is his ex-wife Jennifer Gardner.
Now separated from Gardner since 2015 and divorced since 2018, Affleck hasn’t been able to keep a girlfriend and find someone he’s really meant to be with. He’s dated SNL staffer, Lindsay Shookus, and after that, he started dating girls like Shauna Sexton and Ana de Armas, a relatively unknown actress by the time Affleck met her, having only starred in films like War Dogs and Blade Runner 2049.
In 2019, Affleck and de Armas met on the set of Deep Water and quickly started a whirlwind romance. The Cuban-born actress was used to co-starring with hunks, but Affleck was something else apparently. But he wasn’t the most interesting part of her life, and she can do so much better now that they’ve split after dating for a year.
But what exactly happened between them? Read on to find out.
They Had A Cute Year Together…And Walked Their Dogs A Lot
After playing husband and wife in Deep Water, a romance sparked between them that shocked everyone. They didn’t waste any time either, starting their relationship off with a couple of vacations.
In March 2020, they were seen together on vacation in de Armas’ native Cuba. They had paparazzi on their tail since they stepped foot in the airport. Then the couple traveled to Costa Rico that same month and were seen kissing on a beach.
Not long after that de Armas told Vogue Spain that Affleck’s talent is infinite, saying, “The first time we read the scenes together, it became pretty clear he was going to do something exceptional with a very complex role.”
“Not only does he know how to do it with ease, but he also manages to surprise you in every shot. His talent is infinite,” she continued.
Shortly after, they were seen doing everything together, and sources said that Affleck seemed very relaxed around her. There was even talk of Gardner approving of the match, even as more and more PDA-filled dog walks were happening.
They celebrated Easter together, and de Armas’ 32nd birthday. The actress posted pictures of her and Affleck during the occasion and became Instagram official. Around this time in April, they were also seen wearing matching masks and broken heart necklaces, and de Armas was seen wearing Affleck’s clothes. How cute.
Then they started to seem even more serious than we imagined when they started looking for houses together in July. In August, sources said that de Armas supported him in his sobriety. She’s not a big partier and had become a good role model for his kids. Around this time she was seen moving some of her stuff into his home, but the move-in wasn’t confirmed until December.
But they may have moved too fast because they split this past January, ending a relationship that was just starting to grow on us.
They Became Too Busy For Each Other Once Their Schedules Started Filling Up Again
It’s strange that after moving in together, getting to know each other’s families, and having things get really serious, that the couple decided to split. Where and when did they go wrong?
People broke the news this past January, with sources saying, “Ben is no longer dating Ana … She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated.”
The split may have been due to living arrangements and schedules. People‘s source also revealed that “Ana doesn’t want to be Los Angeles based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles.”
With that being said, they decided to amicably split, unfortunately. “This is something that was mutual and something that is completely amicable,” the source continued. “They are in different points in their lives; there is deep love and respect there. Ben continues to want to work on himself. He has three jobs lined up and he’s a solid father at home. They are both happy with where they are in their lives.”
Not long after, Ben’s younger brother, Casey Affleck, commented on his brother’s split, saying that this past year was hard on a lot of people’s relationships. “The reality is, I think that this year has been really hard on people in relationships,” he told Entertainment Tonight.
He went on to say that he really liked de Armas and that she won’t have a hard time finding someone else.
“I think she’s a catch in every way,” he continued. “And I’ll be there to carry Ben through it, but I don’t think he’ll have any problems [either]. My advice to them would be like, ‘Yes, think long and hard about it because quarantine is not fun if you’re single.'”
Sources told E! News that the couple started to have problems last fall, and spent time apart for a bit. They went on to say that they got to spend a lot of time together during quarantine, but now that their busy schedules were picking back up again they had no time for each other. Other sources said she wanted to get engaged and Affleck wasn’t ready for it.
While reports say that Affleck is heartbroken about the split, de Armas, on the other hand, is focused on her career.
It’s sad that they couldn’t make their romance work, but at least they had each other during a really rough time. We’re sure they won’t be single for long, but we’ll miss all those cute dog walking photos of them together.