Why Fans Just Can’t Give Up on Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s Romance

Michael Vartan doesn’t do sequels. Asked by E!’s Daily Pop if he would ever dip a toe back into his pool of exes, The Arrangement star—who ended his yearlong romance with Jennifer Garner in 2004—replied, “I don’t think so.” After all, he opined, if the first go-round was unsuccessful, “There’s a reason it didn’t work.”

Same could be said for Garner’s other famous ex. Though she and former husband Ben Affleck—now separated for nearly three years—have always maintained their hangouts are simply for the sake of kids Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, and, by the way, he moved on quite publicly with Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus, the cordial former couple are the constant target of reconciliation rumors. A quick glance at recent headlines would leave the casual fan believing the two-time Oscar winner, 45, intends to ditch Shookus, 37, for a second chance with Garner, the 45-year-old Love, Simon actress has already agreed to take him back and now, as luck would have it, they’re planning a second honeymoon in Turks and Caicos—the same spot they quietly eloped with just two witnesses in 2005.