The reality of being a mom isn't always rainbows and butterflies. In fact, sometimes it's nothing more that just hard, hard work. But this week, Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner opened up about the true nature of motherhood, and the internet is absolutely loving it.
The forty-eight-year-old mom opened up to host Giovanna Fletcher on Monday's episode of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast all about her own experiences with having a "mom bod."
"There are some incredible women whose bodies just, no matter how many babies they have, they bounce right back to that slim-hipped, no stomach," she explained. "It's incredible. I have so many girlfriends who have that physique, and I'm so happy for them. I am not one of them. That is not my gig."
Garner, who shares daughters Violet Anne, fifteen, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, twelve, and son Samuel Garner, 9, with ex-husband Ben Affleck, said, "I can work really hard, and I can be really fit and I will still look like a woman who's had three babies, and I always will."
And this isn't the first time Garner has been candid about her post-baby body. In a 2014 appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, she addressed rumors about her being pregnant thanks to her motherly figure. "I am not pregnant, but I've had 3 kids and there is a bump. From now on, ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump. Let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere. Its name is Violet, Sam, and Sera," she joked.
Speaking out on the podcast this week, Garner looked back fondly on the incident, saying, "I just thought, I might as well address it and Ellen was so sweet to let me. But I just felt like we might as well?" SHe claims she's still plagued by pregnancy rumors thanks to people judging her body, saying, "It's still happening. I'm forty-eight, and I'm single, and it's still happening, so you might as well take that bull by the horns. It's just a body. Be grateful to it. It carried you this far. It carried babies for you. What else do you want? My goodness." Amen!
And last year, Garner was again forced to deny pregnancy rumors in an iconic comment on her Instagram page. When asked is she was preggers, she hit back, "I am forty-eight, have 3 healthy kids, and am not—and never will be—pregnant. We can lay that pupper to rest. Have I gained the COVID-19? Possibly. But that is another story."
People are loving Garner's candid stance. As one Facebook commenter puts it, "If she looks like she has had 3 babies, I look like I've had a dozen. She looks darn good."