Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split on Tuesday, just one day after their tenth wedding anniversary. Sources revealed a number of reasons behind the divorce, including Garner’s growing weariness of Affleck’s alleged heavy gambling and drinking.
The couple announced that they would be ending their marriage with dignity and continue to co-parent their three children, 9-year-old Violet, 6-year-old Seraphina and little Samuel who is just three-years-old.
The Hollywood couple told E! Online in a statement that they “have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another a commitment to co-parenting our children.”
After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.
An inside source reportedly told People, “they are really two different people. Problems got bigger in their marriage after a few years.”
The two met and fell in love on the set of Daredevil in 2003. According to sources, it has been a long road for the two to make things work; one source said they “tried for two years to make their marriage work. They finally realized they just couldn’t get there.”
Contrary to rumors, the two are not seeking lawyers for their split. They are remaining amicable and keeping their separation out of the court system. As part of the couples’ plan to co-parent their children, Affleck will remain on the family’s property living in a separate building.
In other Affleck news, the 42-year-old actor will be teaming up with Matt Damon to make a film about the recent FIFA corruption scandal.