Written by Sara Bordon, February 29, 2016

Jennifer Garner has finally spoken out about her split from Ben Affleck, eight months after the couple announced the end of their 10-year marriage.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jen opened up about the hardships she came up against after the news broke – with the star also addressing the nanny rumours.

‘Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,’ Jen revealed.

‘She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives,’ the actress continued.

When the 43-year-old was questioned if she knew what she was getting into when she married Ben, also 43, she replied, ‘Of course this is not what I imagined when I ran down the beach, but it is where I am. We still have to help each other get through this. He’s still the only person who really knows the truth about things. And I’m still the only person that knows some of his truths.’

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 3rd Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 17, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Explaining that her marriage wasn’t just for show, Jen revealed that ‘it was a huge priority for me to stay in it’ but that it ‘did not work’.

‘I definitely put a lot of time towards my marriage that I will now have for myself,’ she said. ‘I don’t know how I will use that.’

And despite their ten-year marriage coming to an end, Jen and Ben remain close for the sake of their three young children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, seven, and Sam, four.

‘The main thing is these kids – and we’re completely in line with what we hope for them. Sure, I lost the dream of dancing with my husband at my daughter’s wedding. But you should see their faces when he walks through the door. And if you see your kids love someone so purely and wholly, then you’re going to be friends with that person.’

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