Jennifer Garner reveals her children are 'heartbroken' by the pandemic

Jennifer Garner has shared her struggles on seeing her children suffering

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Jennifer Garner arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Garner has opened up about the impact of the pandemic on her children, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

The 13-Going-on-30 star, who shares her three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck, spoke of her emotional heartache as she witnesses the ongoing negative effects of lockdown on her family. 

“We’ve had to watch our kids be heartbroken and miss out on things,” she said.

“Which is one thing to miss out on something as an adult, but to watch your kids have to miss something they’ve looked forward to.” Jennifer also revealed that virtual communication isn’t a substitute for face-to-face contact for her kids, noting her pain as she observes ‘how isolated they are” as they pursue their education on “Zoom everyday.” 

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The Golden Globe-winning actress did, however, share the silver lining that her two daughters, aged 12 and 15, are easygoing about the whole ordeal. "My teenager and my adolescent are lovely. So I have to say I have it pretty easy as far as that goes."

Jennifer also has a 9-year-old son, who was recently spotted enjoying a bike ride with his dad Ben. 

The A-list couple divorced in 2015 after ten years of marriage, and now share joint custody of their kids. Despite dividing the work with her ex-husband, Jennifer can't deny parenting over the past 12 months hasn't been smooth-sailing. "This has been such a hard year for moms," she added. 

Jennifer expressed her hopes that her latest film, Yes Day, which she co-produced, will provide a much-needed respite for fellow stressed-out mothers. “This is a wish-fulfillment day of yes, and it is just so fun to watch moms watch the movie." 

The movie, which will hit Netflix on March 12, tells the tale of a family in which kids make the house rules for 24 hours. As well as working behind the scenes, Jennifer plays mom Allison alongside Édgar Ramírez in the chaotic Torres clan. The film has been praised for showcasing a bilingual family, a reality that reflects modern American culture. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.