Jennifer Garner has said she "could cry" when she recalls the tabloid scrutiny of her marriage to former husband Ben Affleck.

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning in the US, Garner recalled times when there were over a dozen vehicles parked outside her family home as tabloids tried to get a story about her private life. 

"Looking back on that, I really feel the stress of it," she said. "I really - I could cry talking about it."

The 46-year-old said she had learned that "the scrutiny in your private life puts a pressure to make something happen". 

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck at the Oscars in 2013

"You feel a pressure to hurry up and get married, 'cause you think that'll end the, 'Are they engaged? Are they not?'" the Alias and Love, Simon star explained. 

"And that's true in the reverse, as well. If you are - if there is any inkling of trouble, or if the tabloids decide there's trouble, it can create trouble. 

"But to be honest, public scrutiny, everyone says, 'Oh, you've had to go through this in public'. The public isn't what's hard. What's hard is going through it."

Garner and Affleck married in 2005 and filed for divorce in 2017 - two years after separating. There were numerous reports of their attempts to save the marriage.

The actors are parents to daughters Violet and Seraphina, aged 12 and nine respectively; and son Samuel, aged six. 

Garner will next be seen on cinema screens in the action-thriller Peppermint. It opens in Irish cinemas on Friday September 21. 

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