updated 10/21/2003 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/21/2003 AT 1:55 AM ET
Jennifer Garner says the media were remarkably kind to her and Scott Foley when they announced that they were divorcing last spring.
“I think people understood that we were just two normal people who really loved each other,” the star of ABC’s “Alias” tells W magazine for its November issue.
“You know, we got quietly married in our backyard after being together for a couple of years,” she says. “We never gave our wedding pictures out to be published. I think they got that we’re both pretty brokenhearted about it.”
Garner also dismisses the theory, promoted by Foley in a recent interview, that her rise to fame as TV secret agent Sydney Bristow is to blame for the marriage’s wreckage.
“Honestly, I just don’t have enough perspective on it yet,” she says. “I think there are a million reasons why things don’t work.”
Speaking to TV Guide, Foley put to rest stories that there was a third party involved in the breakup of his marriage to Garner – who is now linked to her costar Michael Vartan.
“Nobody else was involved,” said Foley, 31. “Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship, there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know? Through no one’s fault and everyone’s fault.”
The couple met in 1998 on the set of “Felicity,” the WB drama in which Foley costarred. They married in 2000, and Garner’s star has been on the rise ever since.
In divorce papers filed by Garner in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 9, the actress, also 31, cited irreconcilable differences but offered no other reason for the breakup.