Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split after 10 years of marriage.
According to Fox News, the Hollywood couple announced their plans to divorce on Tuesday, June 30.
“After much thought and careful consideration we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the couple said in a 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.”
Rumors have been circulating that the pair, who have three children together – Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three – were heading for divorce since a source close to the couple revealed that they had been living apart for months, Wonderwall reports.
— E! Online (@eonline) June 30, 2015
“It’s been known they’re having trouble. Now, it’s really over,” the source said.
An insider says that Garner is looking at their divorce as a time to revive her career and step out of her husband’s shadow.
“Jen is excited to get back to work,” the insider said. “She took a step back to focus on her marriage and family but wants to return to making more movies.”
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) July 1, 2015
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner first met as co-stars on the set of the 2001 film Pearl Harbor. They later reconnected while making their 2003 film Daredevil and started dating soon after.
Ben Affleck has been making headlines lately for reasons other than his split from his wife. As the Inquistr previously reported, PBS made the decision to suspend the genealogy program Finding Your Roots after Affleck convinced the producers to censor embarrassing details about his family.
Apparently, Benjamin Cole, a great-great-great grandparent on Affleck’s mother’s side, was a sheriff in Chatham County, Georgia, in the 1850s and 1860s, and owned seven slaves. Affleck did not want the slavery details to air in his episode, so he used his star power to convince them to cut it out.
“PBS and WNET have determined that the series co-producers violated PBS standards by failing to shield the creative and editorial process from improper influence, and by failing to inform PBS or WNET of Mr. Affleck’s efforts to affect program content.”
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