The two will remain friends and ask for privacy during the difficult time
One of the most high-profile couples of Hollywood, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorced after 10 years of the marriage, ending months of speculation about their split up.
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The couple confirmed on Tuesday right after their 10th wedding anniversary on June 29.
“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the couple told People in a joint statement. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we asked to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were co-stars in 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” and 2003 “Daredevil”. They started dating in mid-2004. A year later, they tied the knots in a private ceremony, held at a resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“We were able to have a beautiful, private wedding and I couldn’t be happier.” Jennifer said in a statement after the marriage.
Rumors about their troubled marriage have swirled around for months. In a September 2014 interview with InStyle Jennifer also admitted that they are having a “mindful” marriage.
“You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now – I don’t have the energy. But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time and be loving.”
Ben Affleck credited Jennifer with the revival of his career in a December 2013 interview.
“Getting to know Jennifer, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do Hollywoodland. I’m going to direct Gone Baby Gone. Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board.”
“She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect. Over the past 10 years, she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals.”
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Ben and Jennifer have three children: Violet 9, Seraphina 6, and Samuel 3.