Ben Affleck Denies 'Cheating With the Nanny' -- Is He Trying to Spare His Kids?

It's been about a month since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ended their 10-year marriage, and of course the cheating rumors have been flying, because no one can believe that one of our favorite Hollywood couples has split up. But the latest gossip is the most insidious of all -- that Ben cheated on Jen with the nanny, 28-year-old California native Christine Ouzounian.

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According to anonymous sources, Ben has been having a fling with his kids' nanny, whom he and Jen hired this past spring to help out with Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. Ouzounian only worked with the family for a short time, but it was enough for speculation to develop that the two had had an affair.

This isn't the first time that the Gone Girl actor has been hit with cheating rumors. Once source claimed that Affleck had "admitted to cheating" within the past year, but that Garner "eventually decided to forgive him." Heck, he was even linked to Blake Lively, because they were once photographed together during the filming of The Town.

But this time there's proof! Heh, just kidding. There's only an anonymous insider claiming to be the Christine's friend, who told the tabloids, "They would hang out without the kids ... And they were very flirty." Well geez, if they were allegedly flirty, that settles it, right?

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There is something slightly different about this rumor though -- it is the first time Ben has actually publicly addressed the cheating gossip. Well, his rep did at least, and isn't that basically the same thing? Affleck's rep told E! News that the "story is not true," and that "it's tabloid journalism hiding behind blind sources. It's a shameful ploy to stay relevant for the magazine."

The rep also said that they were considering legal options.

It seems like Ben might be protesting too much, but I think it's likely simpler than that. This particular rumor hits close to home, and could emotionally damage his kids if they were to hear about it. It's one thing when it's vague gossip, but another entirely when names are named, and could cause a lot of damage to Affleck's relationship with his kids.

It's certainly possible that Ben had an affair with the nanny (it wouldn't be the first time that happened -- I'm looking at you, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law!), but in this case, I really do think he's just trying to protect his kids from hearing the salacious gossip.

 

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