He “really loved her” and “wanted their relationship to work,” an insider exclusively told In Touch at the time.
The Deep Water actor, 49, struggled “to come to terms” with being single again following their on-camera-turned-real life romance, said the source. “Ana is upset too, but she’s young and has her whole life ahead of her,” added the insider. “She’s focusing on the future and her career.”
In Touch confirmed Ana, now 33, and Ben called it quits on Monday, January 18, after dating exclusively for nearly one year. As for what led to their breakup, it appeared the Cuba native was ready for more, regardless of her strong feelings for him.
“Ana ended the relationship,” a separate source said. “Ana still cares for Ben, but she can’t see a future with him. It wasn’t working and they weren’t on the same page.” While their time as a couple has come to an end, the insider said Ana and Ben are still on “amicable terms.”
Just weeks before their split, the Knock Knock actress and director celebrated taking a monumental step in their relationship. Ana moved into the father of three’s Los Angeles home in December 2020 after placing her Venice, California, property on the market. Even though it was an exciting time for the duo, the new arrangement apparently caused a shift in their “dynamic.”
Prior to their uncoupling, the pair were learning how to navigate his coparenting with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. Ben and Jen, 49, divorced in October 2018 and have three kids together: daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, 9.
Ben and Ana were often seen spending time with his children before they broke it off, having ventured out for shopping trips and afternoon strolls in Los Angeles on many occasions.
“Jen is an overprotective mom and because of Ben’s past, [she can be] a little overbearing and interfering at times. I don’t think she realizes it though,” another insider close to the Dallas Buyers Club star previously told In Touch. “Her children are her main focus.”
Ana and Ben grew close while portraying a husband and wife in the psychological thriller Deep Water. In December 2021, the movie was reportedly removed from the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures theatrical schedule, according to Entertainment Tonight. The film was originally set to hit theaters on January 14, 2022.
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