Batman doesn’t get into relationships easily. Not only because he has trust issues, but because his personality simply won’t allow it.
However, this shouldn’t be the reason why Ben Affleck, who plays the caped crusader in Warner Bros.‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“, is breaking things off with, Jennifer Garner, in real life. After rumours ran wild that Affleck and Garner were planning to file for a divorce, PEOPLE broke the news that the married couple have officially split.
The couple divorced a day after their 10th wedding anniversary on Monday (29th June).
Affleck and Garner met as co-stars on the set of 2001’s “Pearl Harbor” and 2003’s “Daredevil”. They began dating in 2004, became engaged in April 2005, and got married 2 months later during a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos. They have 3 children together: 2 daughters and a son.
In a joint statement to PEOPLE, the couple said:
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.
A source close to the couple told PEOPLE that they intend to seek mediation.
In the past few months, there were speculations and reports that their marriage was crumbling as Affleck was spotted solo and without his wedding ring in Canada on Garner’s 43rd birthday. However, they stood united in public’s eyes and privately spent time together with their children. They were even spotted making a trip down to the Pacific Palisades Farmer’s Market with their 2 daughters, though an eyewitness said “they looked miserable” and “didn’t speak the entire time”.
Behind the scenes, a source told PEOPLE they have been quietly talking to divorce lawyers.
The couple still seemed happy last fall as Affleck jokingly pulled Garner into a swimming pool during his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They even spoke of their marriage in multiple interviews, despite seemingly hinting that there was a marital tension.
During an interview with InStyle in 2014, Garner spoke of their marriage, adding that their relationship was no longer in the “courtship” phase. She said, “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! ”
She then added:
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.
Affleck also frequently told media how much his wife helped stabilise his life following his 2004 split with Jennifer Lopez. During an interview with Playboy in 2013, he said:
My wife was definitely around then. Getting to know her, 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”.
In response to Affleck’s comment, Garner told InStyle, “Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board”. She added, “We both know we couldn’t do what we do without each other. He has been amazing at finding ways of telling me how much he appreciates what I do. Honestly, I would do anything for that man, because I know it’s not to be taken for granted”.
Garner has been filming “Nine Lives in Montreal” while Affleck was working on post-production for his upcoming DC Comics film. A source confirmed to PEOPLE they had already spent the last several months mostly apart.
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