Birthday getaway! Ben Affleck, his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, and their children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, visited Montana’s Yellowstone Club to celebrate the actor turning 44 August 15.
“There was a cake and they did the usual stuff: hiking and playing outside,” an Affleck insider says in the new issue of Us Weekly. “They wanted to be together as a family.”
While the Boston native “got along great” with Garner throughout the weeklong birthday festivities, that won’t lead to a permanent reunion. “They didn’t sleep in the same room,” explains the source. “And they are not getting back together.”
Still, spending the Batman star’s birthday together seems to be a tradition that won’t end simply because of the split. Last summer, the clan celebrated 43 years of Affleck at Orlando’s Universal Studios, just two months after the parents announced their plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage.
In a joint statement to Us Weekly, they said, “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.”
Since then, the two have made great efforts in their post-split relationship for the kids. Following the Midwest vacation, the children, who start school in L.A. in September, joined Dad in London August 18, where he continues to shoot Justice League (due out in 2017). The whole family also spent time in the U.K. earlier this summer, visiting Paris and Venice together when Affleck wasn’t filming.
The insider adds, “This situation is working for them.”
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