Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner divorcing after 10 years of marriage
Hollywood royalty Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced their plans to divorce, a day after their wedding anniversary. The couple shares a $150 million fortune and they have three children together, ranging from ages 3 to 9.hollywood Updated: Jul 01, 2015 13:53 IST
Hollywood royalty Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced their plans to
a day after their wedding anniversary. The couple has been married for 10 years. They have three children together, ranging from ages 3 to 9.
The couple shares a $150 million fortune and were one of Hollywood's golden couples.
"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," the couple said in a joint statement.
"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children," Garner and Affleck added. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter."
In happier times: Ben and Jennifer with daughter Seraphina.
Affleck will continue to live on the couple's property in a separate house, and they will co-parent their children Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorised to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The couple is also planning to go to a mediator to settle their divorce, the person said.
Just last year, Garner and Affleck were praising each other's commitment to family, career and philanthropic causes.
Affleck, 42, said he's grateful Garner takes on the "lion's share" of their family responsibilities.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing after 10 years of marriage
"She's been really smart about choosing her projects," he said at a November 2014 gala. "They're not so time-consuming that she can't do this work and be there for our kids, which is the most important thing to her."
Oscar-winning Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, starred together in the 2003 superhero film Daredevil and were married in 2005.
They have been separated for over six months, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
Rumours of the separation were fuelled by tabloid publications that reported moving vans were spotted near the couple's Southern California home earlier this month. Tabloids had said that Affleck's gambling habit was putting a lot of strain on marriage.
Affleck has enjoyed a recent wave of success, with his 2012 film Argo winning the best picture Oscar and more recently, his 2014 thriller Gone Girl becoming a box office hit. He will be playing the caped crusader in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Garner has starred in films such as Dallas Buyers Club and Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in recent years.