Ben Affleck is reportedly ready to remain single for the foreseeable future. The Berkeley-born, Cambridge-raised 48-year-old’s castmate-turned-quarantine boo Ana de Armas was said to have ended their romance last week over the phone. “Ben accepts he would be better off being single for a while,” a source told The Mirror on Saturday.
“Unless there’s some miracle and Ana comes back asking for another chance. He is really focused on prioritizing himself and his kids rather than relationships, and his friends have been joking about him taking an oath of celibacy. Whether or not he can stay single for long remains to be seen,” Affleck’s friends have urged him to “work on himself” and “stop rushing into very intense relationships, which implode as soon as the honeymoon’s over”.
Things are going to be awkward when Ben and Ana have to reunite to promote their roles as a dysfunctional couple in Adrian Lyne’s erotic thriller Deep Water hitting US/UK theaters August 13. The three-time Golden Globe winner will next celebrate the ninth birthday of his only son Samuel on February 27. Affleck is also dad to two daughters – Seraphina, 12; and Violet, 15 – from his decade-long marriage to former Daredevil leading lady Jennifer Garner, which ended in 2018.
Ben and his best friend Matt Damon teamed up to offer one lucky fan and their friend a free trip to Hollywood to have lunch with them in an Omaze raffle, which runs through Thursday. The winner will be announced February 17, and all donations will benefit “Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org to provide resources and support to those in need”. The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot funnyman and friend Whitney Williams co-founded their non-profit organization in 2010, and Damon co-founded Water.org with Gary White back in 1995.
Earlier this year, the Good Will Hunting duo co-wrote, co-produced, and acted together in Ridley Scott’s 14th century revenge drama The Last Duel, hitting US/UK theaters October 15. “At this point in my career, I’m a little old. I’m 48, so I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be the ‘not-25-year-old’ guy,” Ben told Variety’s Actors on Actors on Friday.
“But there are more interesting roles. People with whom you can identify are more interesting to me because I no longer have the ability to do something when I’m bored halfway through it and hate it. I just can’t do it.”
“It’s not worth it to be away from my kids. If I’m going to travel, there had better be something really satisfying that I think they’ll see at some point, hopefully. Although my kids are like, ‘Dad, we don’t want to watch your movies.'”