Jennifer Garner planned 'wedding for herself' on 50th birthday after ex Ben Affleck got engaged to JLo

Jennifer Garner planned 'wedding for herself' on 50th birthday after ex Ben Affleck got engaged to JLo
Jennifer Garner spoke about her 'wedding-themed' birthday celebration three months before her ex-husband Ben Affleck married Jennifer Lopez (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Fast Company, Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck's ex-wife, claimed that she had "her own wedding" as she celebrated turning 50 in style. Garner didn't appear bothered by the news of her ex-husband and Jennifer Lopez's marriage, because the 'Yes Day' star had already celebrated her milestone birthday on April 17 with a gorgeous spring party. She started planning it after she heard of their engagement.

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In an interview with Town & Country, '13 Going On 30' star remarked that the celebration of her birthday had surpassed that of a wedding. She stated, "I basically had a wedding for myself. I was so shocked that I was doing it." The mother of three, who is well known for her easygoing temperament, love of the great outdoors, amusing cooking videos, and casual style, remained true to herself by finding a way to support a worthy cause during the celebration. The actress took part in the 'Blessings in a Backpack' initiative and urged her guests to donate 5,000 backpacks that could each hold enough food for a family of four.

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Garner said she invited her family, and it turned out to be quite a celebration as they filled more than 5,000 backpacks for families of four for the initiative. She said, "I put everyone to work," and then they all started dancing to the Osborne Brothers' 'Rocky Top'.

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Regarding her reputation as one of Hollywood's "nice" stars due to her persistent acts of generosity, Garner stated to the outlet, "I have no reason not to be nice. My life is lovely. I'm not always just nice. I can also be salty, and I can be taciturn, or I can be really serious about what I want to get done."

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Garner added, "It's not that I feel I'm underestimated in that way—I'm not afraid to stand up for myself and say, 'Just so you know, this isn't going to fly with me.' When that happens, I don't want you to be shocked that I'm a real person."


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Garner remarked on her own imaginative "wedding" birthday celebration three months after her ex-husband Ben Affleck married Jennifer Lopez in a lavish ceremony at his Georgia estate and a surprise chapel wedding in Las Vegas. Garner hasn't commented on her ex's new wedding, but it seems like she gets along just fine with Affleck as co-parent. 

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