On Violet’s 17th birthday, Jennifer Garner and Violet Affleck had a mother-daughter date in the White House.
The Yes Day actress, 50, and her older daughter attended President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s State Dinner on Thursday.
The Bidens hosted French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, for the administration’s first State dinner.
Garner and her daughter, whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck, were among the 400 VIPs in attendance.
Garner wore a floor-length black Ralph Lauren gown with sequin details on the sleeve for the event. She accessorized her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes and a black clutch.
Violet wore a thin-strapped Carolina Herrera dress with heart imprints, which she accessorized with a black clutch and red, pointed-toe heels.
When shot during the event, the mother and daughter were seen holding hands sweetly. It was a rare public appearance for the two.
Garner has spoken openly about her tight bond with her children, particularly Violet.
In 2018, she revealed that her maternal instincts kicked in when she discovered she was pregnant with Violet, despite her doctor’s advice.
Garner, who has two children with Affleck, Seraphina Rose, 13, and Samuel Garner, 10, revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s annual Mother’s Day broadcast that her at-home pregnancy test was “so weak” that she couldn’t tell. Despite the fact that a doctor later that day told her, “you’re not pregnant,” Garner said she woke up that morning and “just knew.”
“‘Yeah, I am,’ I said. I swear to you, I am.’ “She remembered informing her doctor, and she changed doctors soon after. “So Violet is 12 years old, and I no longer use that doctor, but I have her, so I win!”
Garner’s first pregnancy — and the two that followed — were not easy, as happy as she was to be correct. “With each one, I felt more nauseated,” she explained. “It got worse and worse with each baby.”
“I had to listen to Yo-Yo Ma at night with Sera, my middle kid,” she added. “The situation deteriorated during the day.
It wasn’t like I was fine in the morning. It got worse as the day progressed. Yo-Yo Ma, for whatever reason, got me through.
I would lie in bed, waiting and hoping to fall asleep. It’s insane, you do insane things.”
Garner had almost given up by the time she became pregnant with Samuel. “It was like Happy Meals,” she added. “It’s disgusting. What you do is disgusting.”
Though she expressed dissatisfaction with the alterations her body underwent during pregnancy, she added, “I enjoy being a mother. I truly believe it.”