In a move that has only added fuel to the ongoing divorce rumors, Ben Affleck was seen cleverly concealing his ring finger from the paparazzi while out in Los Angeles with his son, Samuel. The 51-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as "Gone Girl," used a blue cardigan to cover his left arm and hand, ensuring that photographers could not get a clear shot of his ring finger. This comes amid swirling speculations about marital strife between Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Lopez.

The father-and-son duo was spotted walking together after Affleck picked Samuel up from school. Samuel, the youngest child from Affleck’s previous marriage to actress Jennifer Garner, appeared to join in on the fun, mimicking the paparazzi by pretending to take photos himself. This playful interaction, captured in a video by TMZ, brought some levity to the situation, with both Affleck and the paparazzi sharing a laugh.

Affleck's decision to hide his ring finger is particularly notable following his recent public appearance without his wedding band. Last weekend, TMZ published photos of Affleck without his wedding ring as he adjusted the sun visor in his car, marking the first time he had been seen without the band since rumors of trouble in his marriage to Lopez began circulating.

Adding another layer to the narrative, it has been reported that Lopez has been confiding in Garner, Affleck's ex-wife, amid the ongoing rumors. According to an insider, Lopez finds solace in Garner, as she is "one of the only few people in the world who would understand what she is going through." The source elaborated, "She has been through it with the same man herself, and although the circumstances were quite different, it is still the same man, and they both dealt with some of the same issues."

Meanwhile, Lopez recently addressed the divorce rumors directly during a press junket for her upcoming Netflix film "Atlas." When a reporter asked her if the divorce rumors were true, Lopez shut down the speculation with a firm response: "You know better than that." This statement, though dismissive of the rumors, did little to quell the public's curiosity.

The couple, who rekindled their romance in 2021 and tied the knot in 2022, have been under intense media scrutiny since their reunion. Despite their public displays of affection and attempts to maintain a united front, the couple has been dogged by persistent rumors of marital discord.

Affleck's maneuver to hide his ring finger seems to be a strategic move to keep the paparazzi at bay and control the narrative, but it has inevitably led to more questions and speculation. The actor's playful interaction with his son Samuel during the outing, however, showcased a lighter side of the situation, highlighting the close bond between the two.

As the rumors continue to swirl, the public remains keenly interested in the unfolding drama between Affleck and Lopez. The involvement of Jennifer Garner in Lopez's confidences adds a unique twist to the narrative, providing a rare glimpse into the complex dynamics of high-profile relationships.

For now, both Affleck and Lopez appear to be focusing on their professional commitments and family life, with each public appearance and statement carefully curated to maintain a semblance of normalcy amid the chaos. Whether these efforts will succeed in silencing the rumors or only serve to amplify them remains to be seen.