Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck: Finding love on set to meeting the kids, a look at their relationship milestones
Affleck and Armas met last November while filming their upcoming psychological thriller 'Deep Water'
Ben Affleck and his girlfriend, Cuban actress Ana de Armas's relationship is growing from strength to strength. This weekend, the couple turned yet another page and crossed another milestone with Affleck officially introducing his children to Armas.
Affleck, 47, shares three children with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner — Violet, 14; Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 8. They were married for a decade before they decided to divorce. Ben and the whole family were pictured outside on May 23 with the 32-year-old Cuban beauty in tow. The group was walking their dogs in the Brentwood neighborhood and both Affleck and Armas were casually dressed in denim for this outing. The entire party of five wore protective face masks while out on the walk. Absent from this family gathering was Garner, who according to a report from Us Weekly is "happy" that Affleck is dating again.
An insider told Us Weekly: "Although it's sad in a way to see him move on and be so happy, she is ultimately happy that he is happy and in a good and healthy place with his life. That's what she ultimately wants for the father of her kids." The exes have worked really hard to maintain a good and cordial relationship with each other for the sake of their children.
The source added that Jennifer is "always polite and trusts Ben and lets him do what he wants when he's with the kids".
Affleck and Armas are currently quarantining together and here's a little background on their relationship history.
2019: Affleck and Armas met for the first time on the set of their yet to be released, psychological thriller 'Deep Water', in which both play a married couple.
March 8, 2020: The couple headed to Havana, Cuba, for a romantic getaway. People reported that a source spotted them making out at the airport before boarding their private jet out of the city, adding, "They are definitely dating". Page Six ran a story after an onlooker told them, "I saw Ana grab Ben's arm as they walked out together, they looked super happy —she's absolutely stunning! I totally think they’re dating."
March 10, 2020: A source from the sets of 'Deep Water' told People, "Ben and Ana had a great time in Havana. Ana was his tour guide and took him to all her favorite places. Ben seemed to love the trip. He was in a great mood and very friendly. He was approached by fans multiple times and happily posed for pictures. They visited several restaurants and enjoyed Cuban cuisine." That same day, the couple were pictured at a beach in Costa Rica sharing a sweet kiss.
March 18, 2020: Paparazzi photos from the couple's romantic getaway showed them strolling down a beach while Affleck clicked pictures of Armas with his camera. It was also the first time that Armas posted some romantic photos of herself on Instagram. The first photo features Armas gazing into the camera, while the next few are blurred snapshots of her walking across the shoreline.
March 19, 2020: Affleck and Armas were spotted arm in arm, sporting wide smiles while out on a coffee date in Los Angeles. They were spotted wearing co-ordinated gray coats for this outing.
March 22, 2020: Us Weekly reported Garner is happy for her ex-husband and supportive of his and Armas's relationship. "Jen has completely moved on from Ben in a romantic sense. She considers him a friend, thinks he is a good dad to their children and respects him. She is happy in her own life and supportive of him and happy for him and his relationship," the insider said. Meanwhile, another source for the outlet revealed that Armas is extremely happy in the relationship. "Ana is very happy with Ben. She loves spending time with him and they have great chemistry and a lot of fun together," the source said.
April 2, 2020: A source revealed Affleck hopes to have children with Armas someday. A source told Us Weekly, "Ben loves children and loves being a dad. He would love to have kids with her one day."
April 3, 2020: Garner and Armas are reportedly "very friendly" after meeting "a couple of times briefly", an insider told Us Weekly. "They haven't all hung out with the kids as one big group. Jen is not there yet," the insider continued. "There is no doubt that they will do dinners and hangouts with the kids when Jen is ready, but no one is pressuring her to jump into that."
April 12, 2020: They spend their first Easter holiday together as a couple. They were quarantining together after they returned from their trip from Costa Rica and it was no surprise that they spent the holiday together and were spotted taking their dogs for a walk around the neighborhood on the holiday.
April 30, 2020: The couple made their relationship official on Instagram. After celebrating her 32nd birthday, Armas posted a series of snaps that included a selfie with Affleck and another photo of the two of them hugging. "Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and love," she wrote in the caption. "Cheers to another great year."
May 9, 2020: The couple got matching necklaces and were spotted wearing two halves of a matching heart necklace while going for a stroll in Los Angeles. "Ben is very supportive of Ana and tells her how amazing she is," a source told Us Weekly. "Ana’s friends are constantly telling her how lucky she is to have Ben and think he is so charming, cool, and fun. They’re so happy for her."
May 14, 2020: Sources talked about their momentous getaway to Joshua Tree National Park. A source for Us Weekly revealed that Affleck and Armas's romantic desert getaway, that they took towards the end of April for the actress's birthday, was extra special. "Ben went over-the-top to make her happy and make her birthday with him be extremely special," the insider told the outlet. "Ana feels like the luckiest girl to be with him." Another source added, "He worked hard to make her birthday both safe and memorable."
May 14, 2020: The couple made a cameo in a romantic music video for Residente's song 'Antes Que el Mundo Se Acabe'. They featured on the video with couples from 80 different countries and theirs was one among the 113 kisses. The kiss was filmed during their end of April trip to Joshua Tree National Park for de Armas's birthday. Affleck held up the camera to include the scenery behind them while placing a peck on de Armas's lips while she cradled his head. She followed Affleck's lead and placed a sweet one on his cheek.
May 19, 2020: Armas raided Affleck's wardrobe and sported his shirt for a quick outing. She also reportedly told her friends that he's the "best boyfriend" she's ever had. Some fans noticed that this is not the first time Armas has reached into Affleck's wardrobe. One such instance was in a paparazzi photo of Armas from April where she was seen wearing an olive green button-down shirt over a black sports bra. This was the same shirt that Affleck was photographed wearing in March.
Us Weekly also reported that Armas was totally smitten by Affleck, who left no stone unturned in making her his priority even while juggling other aspects of his life. "(Ana) thinks Ben is such a sweet and nice guy," a source told Us Weekly. "(She) admires how he juggles so much between work, his kids, and co-parenting with Jen." Affleck also "splits his time (between Ana and his family) and, as always, the kids are the most important thing in his life," according to the insider. Still, he "always makes sure he has time for (Ana) and that she is number one," the source continued. "They are having so much fun together and she has been telling her friends how Ben is the most amazing boyfriend she's ever had." The source also told the outlet, "He really just wants her to be happy and is always doing thoughtful gestures. Ana is also very attracted to Ben and thinks he's so cute. They're in a great place."