Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Divorcing After 10 Years of Marriage

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It’s a sad day for Hollywood royalty: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting up after a decade of marriage.

The couple confirmed the end of their marriage with a statement on Tuesday, just a day after celebrating their 10th anniversary.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” they said 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 ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.”

The two have three children together: Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. Affleck and Garner starting dating in 2004 after working together on two films, 2001’s “Pearl Harbor” and 2003’s “Daredevil,” and tied the knot in 2005.

The couple has been the subject of much speculation in recent years. While accepting his best picture Oscar for “Argo” in 2013, Affleck alluded to tension.

“I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases,” he said to Garner, who was sitting in the audience. “It’s good. It is work but the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work with.”

The actor, however, slammed down rumors in an interview with Details last year, saying of reports, “See, that’s tabloid s–t. That’s all bulls–t.”

People magazine first reported the news.

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  1. Georgia Calvi says:

    This is the only way I can deal with this news: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner To Share Custody of Matt Damon After Divorce

  2. filmsharks says:

    Truth is stranger than fiction. Affleck is so similar to his character in the thriller ‘Gone Girl’ that it is not even funny.

  3. HHHH says:

    Affleck’s an idiot.

  4. kala says:


  5. Sad day..I thought their marriage might be one in Hollywood that would work..Sad for the children, children always lose one parent or the other in a divorce..

  6. S says:

    Classier announcement than the “conscious uncoupling” that was guaranteed to get a ton of ink. Too bad for the whole family, I wish them well.

  7. srvwp2013 says:

    Even with only 27 comments at this point, it can be seen that this one touched most of us. It is not perhaps technically related to us and our lives, but it seems that a lot of us felt well about this couple. In a time and nation and world where nothing works, this one seemed to be working. We are despairing not only over the loss of a coupled and familied relationship, but we are despairing over yet another loss to our common psyche. Most of us have not experienced a good year, much less a good day or a good week or a good month in longer than we can remember. None of us any longer feel like survivors on this planet.

  8. john t says:

    think she traded up from scott foley. he was hooking up with jlo and j garner at same time during daredevil.

  9. Kevin says:

    What happens in Vegas…Hmmm! I don’t think Ben’s spirit ever actually left Sin City since the whole poker
    addiction thing. All Jen and the kids got was his body mostly phoning it in when he wasn’t betting-as well
    as shooting-his wad on his one true love.
    Not to condone infidelity in any way shape or form, but he probably would have had a better chance at
    salvaging his marriage if he ended up way wasted at the San Diego Comic Con and then got busy with a
    trio of cosplay chicks done up as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl on some video that got leaked. At
    least Jen could have pulled her Electra gear out of the closet and shown him what a bonafide ass-kickin’
    babe does to someone who’s “Ben a very bad little boy”. If that didn’t kill him, then it sure as hell would’ve
    cured him.
    There’s an endless legion of guys who would line up for days just for the opportunity to be with such a
    gorgeous lady. And from all outward indications, she was a super-devoted wife and is clearly incredible
    as a mother.
    Let’s be completely for real here, folks. Ben was never good enough for our girl Jen in the
    first frickin’ place.

  10. Dianne says:

    Wouldn’t wish divorce on anyone. Wish I could sit down with them and tell them not to. Stay longer. Try harder. It sucks. It just plain sucks, even when it’s amicable. I graduated from the same college as her but 4 years earlier and I have always been a fan. Wish I could impart how it stays with you for a lifetime.

  11. Dyan Devere says:

    Good grief… Every relationship is hard. Try one where you both travel to various locations…. So are separated months at a time….and are surrounded by the most beautiful people in the world… Many if whom would throw themselves at you In a heartbeat. Any marriage is strained. Hollywood adds a huge degree of difficulty. Some survive … most do not.

  12. Al Swearengen says:

    I genuinely thought this would be the one of the rare celebrity marriages that lasts :-(

    Oh well, perhaps Ben can now start hanging around with Kevin Smith again.

    • Obvious Joe says:

      Well, 10 years of marriage for celebrities is equivalent to 50 years of marriage for normal folk. So maybe we should be congratulating them on their ‘long’ marriage…

  13. I am profoundly sorry to hear this, I often cited their marriage as a perfect example of one in Hollywood that seemed to work beautifully. A sad day indeed for both Ben and Jennifer but most of all for the innocent children.

  14. Kev says:

    is it a coincidence that the marriage fell into trouble when Bens career swung upwards? He sounds like that guy who trades the person who stuck by him during the hard times for a younger model the second fortune smiles on him. And since we know this man is incapable of moderation, I look forward to the insane spiral that will no doubt damage his brilliant career, circa year 2002.

  15. Reblogged this on Reading Other People and commented:
    Oh no!

  16. Jacques Strappe says:

    Sad to hear this news. I have a lot of respect for both of them, both in their careers and as decent people outside of the Hollywood circles. Ten years of marriage in Hollywood is probably the equivalent of 30 to 40 years for everyone else.

    • no it’s not the difference between 10 years and 40 years is 30 years. stop using these stupid cliches. lots and lots of Hollywood marriges stand the test of time, stop giving people a pass or just let them choose to divorce because it is the best for all concerned.

  17. Taylor says:

    I don’t understand why celebrities issue press releases to announce personal matters. Not like anyone’s life depends on them.

    • sammyglick says:

      They release them so people will leave them alone. Otherwise, they would have to repeatedly dodge the press and find themselves in awkward interviews (trying to deny an obvious divorce).

  18. 1support says:

    Very methodical divorcing less than 10 yrs together. Someone definitely planned to move on in an effort to avoid splitting assets 50/50…. very sad, indeed.

  19. Terina says:

    Co-parent? She said herself she sewed his picture to the kids pajamas so they would recognize him. He’s worthless and a user. He’s Batman and he doesn’t need her and kids anymore. Hope people don’t give him a pass on this. He’s a proven liar, cheater and uses his influence to quiet bad info. Wonder how long it will take for him to sink?

    • sundevilpeg says:

      USA Today actually reported on this last week, citing his excessive gambling as the primary reason.

  20. S says:

    I received this as a Breaking News update via e-mail from Variety. Why is this considered breaking news? There are so many other things going on in the world that should be considered important and breaking, not a couples marriage ending. Get a life Variety.

    • sammyglick says:

      Huh? You do realize you signed up for ‘news alerts’ on Daily Variety, not The Economist or Time Magazine.

      What did you think Daily Variety would tell you, the latest international geopolitical incidents?!

      As far as Daily Variety (a Hollywood trade publication), is concerned the divorce of an A-list star is ‘breaking news’.

      If you want hard news, I suggest you read other sites that ACTUALLY COVER domestic and international events and trends.

      • S says:

        I get that this is an entertainment publication, I don’t expect to receive world news updates. I just don’t find a marriage ending worthy of a breaking news alert. Just my opinion.

    • go away troll says:

      THIS IS AN ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE. If you want important news then read CNN.

      • S says:

        Ha ha, definitely not going to CNN for important news, they thought a flag covered in dildos was an ISIS flag the other day! :) As I said to the above user, I understand this is an entertainment mag, I just don’t personally find this to be breaking news. But that’s just me and my opinion, that type of entertainment news isn’t important to me.

    • apres says:

      This is only Breaking News if you’re into Hollyweird. Those of us in the know, expected this. Rumors swirled but the truth finally won out.

      And you should know by now, if you sign up for a newsletter . . . you have to take the bitter with the sweet!

  21. Lets hope there is co-parenting…ten years is five years longer than my parents managed to stay together…after their split I had no contact with my father…this is not the way to raise a boy…I am living proof that once you abandon your commitments, all hell can, and will break loose.

  22. PG says:

    Why “more to come”? Leave them alone!

  23. Kimbie says:

    That is really sad. What a hard business it is to stay sane and married. Just really heartbreaking for their children.

    • gus says:

      Marriage can be difficult for anybody, which is why the divorce rate is 50%. Doesn’t matter what business someone is in.

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