Ben Affleck makes first public appearance since the official filing of divorce with ex-wife Jennifer Garner

Hollywood actor Ben Affleck has made his first ever public appearance since the official filing of divorce paper from his soon-to-be ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.

The 44-year-old actor attended the AutFest International Film Festival in Orange, California, on Sunday, just 10 days after the ex-couple filed the divorce paper, People reported. Both celebrities are seeking legal and physical custody of their three children: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and 5-year-old son Samuel.

Affleck chatted with the fans about several topics during the Q&A (Question and Answer) portion at the event, particularly about whether or not he'd let his kids try out being an actor at an early age. The actor recalled his early life as a child actor and noted that he wouldn't push them to make a decision at least until they are at the right age.

"If they are 18 and they want to make those choices and do that kind of thing, that's fine," he said. "But being a child actor, I just know too much of the downside of what that can be like."

The "Batman" actor continued to recall that he wouldn't be the man he is today if it weren't for his time and effort as a child actor. "I had some great rewards, and I probably wouldn't have made it as an adult had I not built up that body of work as a kid, so it's a strange thing," he added. "My kids would be good in the school play. If they can handle that, they're in good shape."

No official reports yet coming from both parties as to when the divorce will become official. But reports and sources close to the matter believe it could take a minimum of six months before Affleck and Garner's divorce becomes official, TMZ reported earlier in April 2017.

There have been circulating reports earlier this month suggesting that Affleck has already started seeing someone but things are not serious. The claims, however, are not exactly specific regarding the identity of this person.

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