Jennifer Garner Defends Herself After People Magazine Piece

2017-06-05 by Ronn Torossian

Jennifer Garner defends herself after People Magazine piece

When you’re a celebrity, even if you haven’t been in the spotlight in a while, there will be some people out there who want to know all your business. Sometimes, this is a good thing. In fact, it can be a very good thing. When you have something to promote or a new property is about to launch, you want to get some eyes on you and your brand.

Of course, sometimes you just want your life to be a bit more private than that. Especially, the painful parts. This dichotomy can catch up with entertainers, causing some to lose their cool and others to try to block out the world even when they need to be out being “seen.”

Then there are those who seem to understand, take it in stride and know how to respond to less than positive press or intrusive storytelling with style and grace. Enter Jennifer Garner, who recently put on a clinic in responding with class.

People Magazine recently ran a cover story about Garner and her life after splitting with her ex, actor and director Ben Affleck. The story under the headline “Jennifer Garner: Life After Heartbreak” quoted unnamed “sources” who dished on what Jen is up to after breaking it off with Ben. Their divorce was finalized this past April.

Now, it appears that Garner didn’t have anything to do with the article, and she could have pitched an absolute fit over the magazine dragging her private business out into the public without her consent. Instead, Garner jumped on social media to have her – polite, classy and upbeat – say about the who thing:

“It has been brought to my attention that there is a People magazine cover and article out today that appear to be coming from me… This isn’t a tragedy by any measure, but it does affect me and my family, and so, before my mom’s garden club lights up her phone, I wanted to set the record straight: I did not pose for this cover. I did not participate in or authorize this article. While we are here, for what it’s worth: I have three wonderful kids, and my family is complete. Have a beautiful day…”

People quickly responded to the unmentioned accusation in Garner’s comments, telling CNN: “PEOPLE covers Hollywood stars beloved by our audience, and our story on Jennifer Garner is fair and truthful… We wish her well.”

Not exactly an apology, but definitely a confirmation that Ms. Garner was caught off guard by the story, and didn’t really expect her business to be put out there in the public square. Bottom line: well done and good form, Ms. Garner, and best of luck in your life and career going forward.

About Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 200 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities