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The accusation seemed incredible: Ben Affleck had become romantically involved with a 28-year-old nanny who had been employed to look after his three children.

Indeed, his reps a week ago totally dismissed the story, labelling it "garbage" and "full of lies".

Still, pictures have now emerged of Christine Ouzounian popping around to Mr Affleck's swish rented abode in Los Angeles. Waiting until late evening, she is also seen carrying a bottle of champagne. 

"She says Ben really, really likes her," a pal of Ms Ouzounian’s told Us Weekly magazine recently. "She’s saying this is true love."

The 42-year-old actor and his 43-year-old actress wife Jennifer Garner – previously one of Hollywood's golden couples – separated in the spring shortly after Christine began caring for the couple’s three children, Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three.

Mr Affleck and the nanny have been photographed together repeatedly since then, including on June 30 in the Bahamas. Ms Ouzounian was fired the day after that photo surfaced.

She has also reportedly been driving his Lexus around LA.

The newly released photograph of the pair – the one capturing the late-night champagne hand-over – was taken on July 17. You can view it here

Incredibly, ET Online reports that Christine herself tipped off the paparazzi on that occasion – hoping that a snap of her and her former boss together could lead them to conduct a relationship more publicly. 

Understandably, Jennifer is said by numerous publications and media outlets to be "livid" at the revelations.

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It's been almost a month since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garmer split up, and Ben has wasted no time in moving on, with the former couple's nanny, no less.

Christine Ouzounian was reportedly hired during Ben and Jen's ten-month trial separation period to look after their children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

During that period, an attraction apparently developed between Christine and Oscar-winning actor Ben, and although his reps have dismissed the claims as garbage, Christine's story is a very different one.

"She says Ben really, really likes her,” a friend of the nanny told Us Weekly. "She’s saying this is true love."

But just who is the woman who stole Ben's heart? Here's what we know so far…

1. She’s 14 years younger than Ben, and 15 years younger than Jen. Stinger…
28-year-old Christine grew up in California and graduated from Santa Monica High School back in 2005. She went to college in Arizona where she studied communications, and also spent some time studying in Italy. Like Jennifer, Christine was a sorority girl – she was in the Delta Gamma chapter at ASU, while Jennifer was a Pi Beta Phi member at Denison University.

 

2. The Affleck-Garners were not her first celebrity employees
Prior to working for Ben and Jennifer, Christine was employed by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka to care for their toddler twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace in New York. According to her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, Christine's role involved representing "the family well in the public eye and press," and being "extremely discreet and flexible."

 

3. Her twin sister helped hook her up with celebrity jobs
Christine’s twin Caty has had a number of high-profile PA and nannying roles too, and also worked with Neil Patrick Harris as well as Mel B. The pair were both employed by a high-end Beverly Hills nanny agency which is where Christine got the Ben/Jen job.

 

4. She previously lived in the Bahamas and that’s also where Jennifer fired her
After their divorce announcement, Ben and Jennifer headed to the Bahamas with their kids (and Christine, we assume) for some downtime away from the press. However after discovering there was something going on with her ex-husband and the nanny, Christine was let go. She wasn’t left stranded though, as she no doubt had some old friends living nearby. The 28-year-old spent two years living and working in the Bahamas as a teacher at the Head Start Academy.

 

5. She wasn’t surprised when the media discovered her relationship with Ben…
…In fact she may have been the one who tipped the papps off. According to ET Online, Chris has a good relationship with celeb photographers having worked in the public eye for years. It’s thought she may have been the one who ensured she was snapped by photographers bringing a bottle of champagne into Ben’s rental house in LA.

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Just a few weeks after the announcement that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing, it is now being reported that Ben is dating a new woman.

And not just any woman, either – the family nanny too. 

Yes, the 42-year-old is seemingly to be dating their children's minder, who was hired in the last year to look after the couple's two daughters and a son.

Christine Ouzounian is from California and is employed by a high-end nanny service in the Beverly Hills area. 

US Weekly says that, according to sources close to Ben and Jennifer, Christine was hired to look after Violet, Seraphina and Samual during the couple's trial separation period – a period which is said to have lasted around ten months. 

A friend of Christine's told Us Weekly that with Jennifer away filming, the 28-year-old was often left alone with Ben: "They would hang out with the kids and they were very flirty," the source claimed.

And it has been reported that the nanny was fired from the job when Jennifer sensed there was something going on with her and Ben. 

Still, it is alleged that Ben feels terrible about the whole situation, and has remained in constant contact with his younger friend.

His representatives have already dismissed the rumours as "garbage".

It is almost a month since Hollywood stars Ben and Jen announced the end of their ten year marriage, although the pair have both been spotted out and about still wearing their wedding rings. 

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They won praise for continuing to share a home in the aftermath of their shock split – and it seems that Bennifer plan to live together when they move back to California too.

Indeed, the actors will reportedly rent Brooke Shields’s sprawling LA home once they leave Atlanta, where she is currently filming Miracles From Heaven.

Last month, Ben, 42, and Jennifer, 43, announced that they planned to divorce after a decade of marriage.

However, they continue to live together for the sake of three children: Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three.

And while the duo already own a €16m property in the exclusive Pacific Palisades neighbourhood in west LA, they are having major construction work carried out and it won’t be ready by the time Miracles From Heaven wraps.

Meaning they are delighted to have secured Ms Sheilds’s 500sq metre, five-bed abode, which is located in the same area. Rent is believed to be set at a cool €27,500 a month.

Construction on their own house has also been delayed – seemingly in light of their changing domestic set-up.

It is believed that the pair have more recently added in a separate living dwelling for Ben on the grounds of the main house – where Jen and the children will reside.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that Mr Affleck will “remain with his family on this new property”.

Shortly after their split was made public last month, the entire Affleck-Garner clan went to the Bahamas for a holiday away from the headlines.

And last weekend, Ben was spotted holding an adorable golden retriever pup, which sources say the family rescued while in Atlanta.

 

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Is there anything more swoon-worthy than seeing a ridiculously good looking man playing with a puppy?

Nope, we really don’t think that there is.

Ben Affleck flew into Atlanta on Monday afternoon to visit his three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. The kids are currently staying with Jennifer Garner while she films her new movie, Miracles in Heaven.

And what did he bring along with him? That’s right – a beautiful fluffy golden Labrador puppy! Nawwwww!

The gorgeous dog was adopted by the Affleck family in May. Ben and Jen reportedly took their daughters to a dog adoption just weeks before the couple announced their divorce in an official joint statement in June.

The statement read, “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time.”

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The director of Gone Girl, David Fincher, has said that he would be suspicious of Ben Affleck if he were Jennifer Garner. 

In the DVD commentary of the 2014 hit Gone Girl, David said he would have been suspicious based on the actor's on-set talents. 

In this film, Ben played a cheating husband who becomes the suspect when his wife goes missing. 

In the DVD commentary, Fincher explained how Ben had an amazing ability to make up fake phone conversations during filming. 

“This is something that Ben is extraordinarily good at, when he has to cook up a phone conversation, when he has to hear somebody on the other end of the phone,” the director said on the commentary, according to the New York Daily News. 

“It’s kinda stunning how …if I was his wife, I think I would be very suspicious, always, of whoever just called because he has a real gift at being able to insinuate a conversation,” he continued.

Ben and Jennifer recently announced that they were going their separate ways after ten years of marriage together. 

The pair were both spotted separately over the weekend, and they are both still pictured wearing their wedding rings.

Ben was spotted wearing his wedding band while at Comic Con in San diego, while Jennifer was wearing hers while filming in Atlanta. 

The couple have three kids together — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

A source told Us Weekly that “Ben is distraught over the divorce and is having a very hard time,”

“He doesn’t have a lot of close friends to lean on right now, and Jennifer has always been the one he goes to.”

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner managed to escape the press for almost a week by taking a joint holiday in the Bahamas as soon as their divorce announcement went public. Now though, they are back to reality, and the first post-split pictures have emerged.

After the long-planned trip, Ben returned briefly to Los Angeles at the weekend, while Jennifer flew onward to Atlanta with the former couple's three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. Batman star Ben was pictured walking in his home neighbourhood of Brentwood on Saturday, and onlookers say there was no sign of a wedding ring.

The father of three yesterday flew out to Atlanta to take care of the kids while his estranged wife continued work on her upcoming movie Miracles From Heaven. He was again pictured with no ring on as he boarded a private jet to fly cross-country.

As for Jennifer, she did not seem quite as ready to let go of the past, as she was snapped on Monday with her silver wedding ring still on prominent display. The actress wore a short denim dress and sandals as walked on the set of her new film.

While the couple will have a lot to discuss as they work on splitting their assets and figuring out custody issues, so far they seem to be making a solid effort to remain amicable. Ben is even set to remain living on his and Jen's California property, albeit in a different area of the grounds to Jennifer and the kids.

We hope the pair continue to stay on such good terms in the coming months.

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It’s been a difficult week for Ben Affleck.

Since announcing to the world that he and wife Jennifer Garner have made the “difficult decision to divorce”, the rumours have been flying about possible reasons for their split.

With some rumours even circulating that another woman was the cause of the split, the latest news does confirm that there is another woman in Ben’s life at the moment.

It’s not what you might think though.

No mystery girlfriends to be found in Ben’s life as of right now apparently. Rather, the 42-year old actor has been “really leaning on his mother for support”, an insider tells People magazine.

Similar to when Ben went through his highly publicised split from Jennifer Lopez, the Batman vs Superman star has turned to his mother for support.

An insider close to the couple has revealed that “she is a constant rock for him.” While Jennifer is also “turning to her family and friends,” the main support system for Ben appears to be his mom.

Ben had been spending lots of time with Christine, his mom, while Jennifer, 43, was in Montreal shooting her new film Nine Lives.

The couple’s children Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, are also said to have been spending plenty of time with their dad and their grandmother since the couple announced their impending divorce.

Currently the pair are in the Bahamas to spend time together with their children. According to a source in Us Weekly, the Bahamas is “a place they've been going to for years that's very private and special for their kids.”

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After their divorce announcement earlier this week, it was reported that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner would remain living on the same property, but that's not all they're doing together.

Ben and Jen promised they would remain united for the sake of their three children and they seem to be going out of their way to do just that. E! News confirmed last night that the whole family is currently on holidays together in the Bahamas.

The couple are keen to work together to co-parent their children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

This holiday was probably a long time planned and seems like the perfect getaway for the family as the news of the divorce dominates headlines this week. 

A source told Us Weekly that Ben and Jen were waiting until the end of the school year before making their big announcement. "They got the kids out of L.A. as soon as school was out," the source tells Us. "[The Bahamas] is a place they’ve been going to for years that’s very private and special for their kids. When either of them have had work commitments they have been leaving to go fulfill them."
 

The couple announced their divorce on Tuesday after ten years of marriage and a source close to the pair told E! News that they have been separated for about 10 months. 

This pattern of dropping the news bombshell then jetting off is one we have definitely seen before. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow similarly headed off on holidays immediately after releasing a statement about their divorce in 2014.

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The world was left devastated earlier this week when Hollywood's golden couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they were divorcing after ten years of marriage.

Ben and Jen have three kids together and although they seem to be making every effort to keep their divorce proceedings as amicable as possible, there have been a number of rumours that things came to a messier end than the couple have been letting on.

A new report suggests Ben's increased interaction with a his ex J-Lo was one of the main reasons behind his marriage breakdown, after the former couple hit it off again at the Academy Awards back in February.

Ben and J-Lo (the original "Bennifer") had a long-term relationship in the early 00s and were even engaged, before calling the whole thing off in early 2004. Apparently though, they have been in contact on the regular over the last five months, something we doubt Jennifer Garner was too happy with.

"Everyone is talking about J.Lo and Ben and saying it's inevitable they will get together again at some point," a source told The Sun's Dan Wootton. "'They were pretty flirty sat the Oscars and have stayed in touch via email. Jennifer Garner never liked it."

While Ben is a single man once again and could potentially rekindle the old flame if he wanted too, the fact that J-Lo is currently thought to be back together with her boyfriend Casper Smart might put a spanner in the works. The singer was spotted out walking her dog with Casper earlier this week, looking like Ben's announcement was the furthest thing from her mind.

To be honest, we're not sure the world could handle it if Bennifer did reunite… we left that relationship back in 2004 with hair mascara, body glitter, parachute pants and other things we'd rather forget.

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After weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner sadly confirmed last night that they were splitting up after ten years of marriage. 

The pair, who were always considered one of Hollywood's strongest couples, told the media that they had made the "difficult decision" to divorce.

With three children together and a multi-million dollar estate to divide up, Ben and Jennifer definitely have a long and complicated road ahead, but by the sounds of it they are working hard to keep things extremely amicable.

So much so, in fact, that they won't even be living apart. The pair apparently both plan to remain on their €14 million property in Brentwood, Los Angeles, though it's thought they will live in separate areas of the acre-wide estate. Given that the property includes a 9,900 square foot mansion as well as pool house, the former couple won't be stuck for space.

Ben and Jennifer are reportedly keen to remain living close together so that they can work to co-parent their children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. "They don’t want it to be contentious," a source told Us Weekly. 

"A lot of people say that but they are doing things to ensure that it won’t be. There is a lot of love there but, they are doing what is best for everybody."

When it comes to finances, many had speculated that the reason the couple chose to announce their divorce just one day after their ten-year anniversary was to ensure Jennifer was legally entitled to spousal support from Ben, as per California law, but according to TMZ the last thing Jennifer needs is her husband's money.

While Ben has made profits from his many independent movies in recent years, Jennifer's run on Alias made her "a massive amount of money" and so the couple are fairly equal in terms of finances, a source told the gossip site.

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Following months of rumour, this evening it has been confirmed that Ben Affleck, 42, and Jennifer Garner, 43, are indeed ending their decade-long marriage.

Sadly, the couple's ten-year wedding anniversary fell yesterday: they married privately in Turks and Caicos on June 29, 2005 with only one witness present.

At the time, Jennifer was two months pregnant with the couple's first child, Violet, who was born later that year.

They are also parents to Sera, six, and three-year-old Sam.

TMZ reports that the actors are still working out the particulars of their separation with the assistance of a mediator. Together worth in the region of €90m, they are also in discussions with their various business managers about how to best divide their assets.

And although the announcement may seem strange so soon after their milestone anniversary, it is believed that the timing was in fact significant: under California law, spousal support becomes more generous if the couple has been together for ten years or longer.

Their divorce will be filed when all of their property and custody issues are resolved. However, the split is believed to be amicable and Ben and Jen will share joint custody of their three children.

A statement from the couple this evening reads: "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.

"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

The two met during the filming of their 2003 film Daredevil and began dating shortly afterwards.

In recent months, Mr Affleck has been spotted on several occasions unwinding in Las Vegas casinos. He was also away filming – and reportedly not wearing his wedding ring – on Ms Garner's 43rd birthday in April.

But for their children they have certainly put on a united front: just two weeks ago the family was pictured smiling and laughing together on a trip to a farmer's market in Los Angeles.

Often shunning the limelight, both actors have previously spoken of the support their spouse offers them.

Jennifer told InStyle magazine in 2013: "We both know we couldn't do what we do without each other. He has been amazing at finding ways of telling me how much he appreciates what I do.

"Honestly, I would do anything for that man, because I know it's not to be taken for granted.” 

And in the same year, Ben in an interview with Playboy said of his wife: "Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, 'Okay, I'm going to do Hollywoodland; I'm going to direct Gone Baby Gone.'"

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