What’s been rumored for a while is apparently true: TMZ and E! report that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced.
The couple, who have been married for 10 years and have three children, are “working things out with a mediator and business managers,” according to TMZ. The divorce is being termed “amicable,” and Affleck and Garner will share joint custody of the children. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the couple told E! in a statement. “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.”
There’s been speculation about the state of the couple’s union for some time. Affleck raised eyebrows in 2013 when, accepting the best picture Oscar for “Argo,” he made a cryptic comment about the relationship. He thanked Garner for “working on [their] marriage for 10 Christmases,” adding “It’s work, but it’s the best work there is, and there’s no one else I’d rather work with.”
Lately, there’s been a lot of conjecture that Affleck’s penchant for playing high-stakes poker might have put a strain on the marriage. Last year, he was tossed from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas after security said he was counting cards. “The fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos,” Affleck later told Details.com.
Affleck, 42, who plays the Caped Crusader in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is due to start work soon on “Live by Night,” directing and starring in the movie based on the Dennis Lehane novel. Though the novel is set in Prohibition-era Boston, it’s not clear how much time, if any, Affleck plans to spend shooting here. Garner, though, will be in Boston — and soon. Her next movie, “Miracles From Heaven,” is being filmed here and in Atlanta, and it gets underway July 13.
Affleck and Garner’s three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, range in age from 9 to 3. The timing of the couple’s announcement is curious considering they just marked their 10-year wedding anniversary Monday. Moving trucks were spotted outside the family’s home in Pacific Palisades last week, but People.com insisted at the time that the couple was remodeling, not moving.
Affleck, of course, had a few high-profile relationships before getting hitched to Garner. He dated actress Gwyneth Paltrow, with whom he appeared in “Shakespeare in Love,” from 1997 to 2000, and who can ever forget Jennifer Lopez, with whom Affleck (in)famously worked with on the ignominious movies “Jersey Girl” and “Gigli.” The couple, dubbed “Bennifer” by the tabloid press, got engaged in 2002, but called it off in 2004.