In 2015, there was speculation that Jennifer Garner was spending a lot of time with Michael Vartan shortly after it was reported that her marriage to Ben Affleck was on shaky ground, per OK!. “Since finding out she and Ben are on the rocks, he’s been reaching out more, and she’s really been enjoying memory lane,” one source told the publication. Shortly after that, there was another report from Radar Online in 2016 that suggested Affleck was allegedly suspicious of Garner’s friendship with Vartan, as one source said that Garner was “always crying on Michael’s shoulder.”
During that same time, Garner admitted to Vanity Fair in an interview that things simply weren’t working between her and Affleck in their marriage. “He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow,” she said. Meanwhile, Vartan was certainly single as he and his real estate ex-wife Lauren Skaar divorced in 2014, as detailed by E! News.
Fast-forward several years later, and the media still seems to be linking Garner’s name to Vartan so much so that the actor himself had to step up and say something about it.