Jennifer Garner has three kids; Samuel Garner, 7, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 10, and Violet Anne, 13. And few in Hollywood can work a family pap stroll as effortlessly as Jen. Throughout the course of her marriage to Ben Affleck, through the good times, and the bad (and the bad times art directed to look like good times), we’ve seen Jen and the kids eat ice cream while Ben mopes, we’ve seen Jen and the kids at a 4th of July parade while Ben mopes, and we’ve seen Jen and the kids going to church while Ben mopes. But as likely as you are to see Jen’s kids at the checkout line on the cover of the National Enquirer, you’re equally unlikely to see them on her Instagram page. In a recent interview for InStyle, Jennifer says she’s too protective of her kids’ privacy to share pictures of them on social media. Mass market media only!
InStyle is celebrating their 25th year in print and asked a bunch of celebs who’ve appeared on their cover to reflect on their experiences. Jen’s been on the cover of InStyle a gang of times and bemoaned the fact that she was either pregnant or nursing in almost all of them. She added that for a long time, she defined herself by “pregnancies and babies”. But now that she has some distance from early motherhood, she apparently defines herself as a mean mom who won’t let her kids share any of her sweet, sweet, Instagram clout.
It’s so gnarly to be a kid now. I guard my kids’ privacy as much as I possibly can, and I’ve never posted pictures of them on Instagram. I used to refuse to say their names during interviews — but everyone knows their names! I would just say “my eldest,” which I still do out of habit a lot. I’m sure there are times my kids would really love to see themselves reflected on my social media in a fun way and to have the attention they would get from that. But I’ve fought too hard against it. It would feel hypocritical.
And then, her steely gaze passing through the camera’s lens, pulsing through space at the speed of light and ultimately crash landing into the very core of Pink’s soul, she added:
There’s no implied judgment of people who do put their kids up there; I just don’t think most kids have been hounded in the way that mine were when they were little. We were completely hounded 24/7 for 10 solid years, and it changes you. You no longer take things like being able to go to your mailbox for granted. I even stopped going to the farmers market because I was being photographed there constantly. I realized, “I’m ruining the farmers market for everyone; this is selfish.” [laughs]
Jen says she had no desire to open an Instagram account in the first place, and that she “kicked and screamed” over “having to join”. It’s news to me that celebrities are required by law to run Instagram accounts. It seems a bit draconian, but I guess the law is the law. Instead of posting pictures of her kids, Jen’s IG account is full of advertisements and memes. Jen says “whatever I post has to feel authentic to me, like getting dressed for a red carpet”. No wonder everybody at the farmers market hates her!