Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were spotted shopping together in Las Vegas on April 22, but their trip was no romantic, kids-free getaway. A close insider tells Star that Jen really tagged along because she doesn’t trust her husband of nine years when it comes to gambling.
In fact, when the couple returned to Los Angeles, the actress was seen leaving her psychiatrist’s office, leading friends to wonder if she was there to vent about Ben. “Jen and Ben’s marriage has been extremely shaky in recent months,” the insider reveals. “He’s constantly working, leaving her alone with the children for days and weeks at a time.”
Jen was with the actor when he was escorted out of a casino for counting cards on April 28, and although she didn’t make a scene in public, things got bad when the couple got back to the hotel room. “She screamed at him, telling him he needed to quit gambling for good,” the source explains. “But he told her that he’s a grown man and will do what he wants.”
Gambling isn’t the only problem, either. Jennifer also keeps an eye on Ben’s drinking and reputation as a ladies’ man, and resents that her career has taken a backseat while he continues to book jobs. Friends fear it’s just a matter of time before this couple reaches a breaking point, which would mean high stakes for their $150 million fortune — they don’t have a prenup!
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