Jennifer Garner Admits She Was Devastated About Her And Ben Affleck's Daughter Leaving For College


  • Jennifer Garner openly wept at her daughter’s graduation but is ultimately proud and excited about her next chapter in college life.
  • Garner admits to being a “wreck” a month before her daughter’s graduation, coping through tears with the end of this motherhood stage.
  • Garner shared her excitement and pride in watching her daughter handle the stress of college preparations maturely and independently.

Violet Affleck going to college will be a big change in Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner‘s lives. The teen recently graduated from high school, and while fans focused more on Jennifer Lopez’s absence from the ceremony, Jennifer Garner was openly weeping during it.


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Now, in a new interview, the actress opened up about her feelings surrounding this new chapter of motherhood, which includes supporting her daughter from afar as she forges her own path in college. She admitted she was “a wreck” throughout the process, but is ultimately very happy for her, even if it will take some getting used to.

Jennifer Garner Was ‘A Wreck’ For A Month Before Her Daughter’s Graduation

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s 18-year-old daughter has reached a huge milestone in every person’s life. She graduated from high school and is off to college. Like any other parent, Jennifer Garner has mixed feelings about it. While she’s happy and proud of her, seeing her daughter so grown and knowing she will be leaving home soon made her sad as well.

She has been very open about it during the whole process, including the actual graduation ceremony. The day Violet Affleck graduated, Jennifer Garner posted several pictures of herself crying and captioned it “Tell me you have a graduate without telling me you have a graduate. (bless our hearts).”

In an honest interview on Today with Hoda and Jenna, she opened up about her feelings, especially those who were harder to deal with.

I was a wreck the whole month leading up to it,” she admitted. “Every awards ceremony, every final, everything, I just cried and cried at everything.”

As hard as it was for the mother to come to terms with her daughter growing up, she realized everything would be alright seeing her thrive at her graduation, and finally, it was only happy feelings. “Then, the day of [graduation] was so happy that there was nothing to be other than just so proud and happy.”

Jennifer Garner was on the show with her mother, Pat, and she opened up about her own experience as well.

“Oh, graduation was fine, but when they went to college, that’s another thing, and when Jennifer went, I just howled,” Pat said, adding that she felt Jennifer would “never come home again.” So, as difficult as the transition will be, Jennifer Garner is not alone in this.

Jennifer Garner Gushed About Her Daughter Going To College

Jennifer Garner, Violet Affleck

As much as Jennifer Garner had a hard time coming to terms with her daughter graduating, she couldn’t be prouder of her and she knows she will do amazing in college.

I’m just watching them in this new phase of life where they’re figuring out who they’re going to be and what they’re going to study. And I’m so interested in them. All the time, I’m interested in everything about them,” she said a few months ago about parenting, just a few days before Violet turned 18.


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She said she was excited to see her daughter handle this new stage of her life so maturely.

“I can see the stress — even though the excitement and stress go hand in hand. But she’s handling it like a champ and she’s totally in charge. I’m not having to say, ‘Are you doing this, are you doing this?’ She’s a self-starter. And I’m just proud of her no matter what,” she gushed.