After many weeks of speculation, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck officially announced that they plan to divorce. Sad news considering the couple just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary the day before, and with their down to earth images they had won a spot among my favorite celeb couples of all time.
“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 statement to Us Weekly Magazine, confirming their split. “This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.”
The two met on the set of the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor. However, it was not until they made the 2003 movie Daredevil, and after Affleck’s two-year engagement to Jennifer Lopez ended, that they started dating. They went public at a Boston Redsox game and a new, better, Bennifer was born. They became the sweet down to earth pair everyone rooted for. By April 2005 they were engaged and in June of that year they got married in a Caribbean ceremony officiated by her Alias costar Victor Garber.
During the course of their marriage the couple had three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. Additionally, they have starred in a number of hit films, even detailing how they take turns making movies so that someone is always at home for their kids. Affleck also won his second Oscar, for Argo, with Garner accompanying him to the awards show.
The couple is rumored to be handling the split amicably for the sake of their family. Affleck is even planning to stay on the couples Brentwood property. Additionally, the couple hopes to resolve the divorce quickly and without contention, while sharing joint custody of their children. It remains to be seen what will be determined in terms of child or spousal support. No matter what, this is definitely the end of what was a great Hollywood couple.
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