Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Confirm Split
Say Bye to Bennifer!
To say that we’re surprised about these four superstars going their separate ways is an understatement, but we were extremely shocked and saddened to discover Bennifer couldn’t work through their problems. After months of speculation about the state of their marriage, the couple has released a statement confirming the sad news to TMZ.com, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary. It reads: “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 stars wed in Turks and Caicos in 2005 and have three kids together nine-year-old Violet, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three. Affleck and Garner met on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001 and worked together again in 2003 on flop film Daredevil. This is Garner’s second failed marriage, she divorced actor Scott Foley in 2004 less than four years after they wed.
Ahlan! Told You So
It was almost a year ago to the day on 16 July 2014 that Ahlan! first reported Ben, 42, and Jen, 42, were ready to split, but they made it through the difficult patch after we stated the Oscar winner was apparently struggling to maintain his marriage after a series of rows and claims that Ben had succumbed to his gambling addiction and had also been unfaithful.
We wrote at the time: “The parents-of-three have been trying to hide the cracks in their relationship and even used a US magazine to help fool the public into thinking that everything is fine and dandy.” Another problem we identified in the union which may have led to the split was Ben’s apparent jealousy. “Actor Mark Ruffalo, who starred in 13 Going on 30 with Jen, blames Affleck for ruining his friendship with the beautiful brunette. Asked if he stayed in touch with Garner, the 46-year-old actor told Watch What Happens Live: ‘We had a great time together, but then Ben came on the scene and that was the end of that,’” Ahlan! reported in 2014. Hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.
JLo Caused the Split?
While we did initially blame booze and gambling for the split it turns out that the main reason for a breakdown was Ben himself. According to TMZ.com: “Ben wasn’t a present husband. Fact is Ben has had back-to-back film projects for several years, and spent much of his time out of town. The sources say Jen felt ignored and neglected, and they argued frequently over it.” Another component in the divorce is said to be the original member of Bennifer, Jennifer Lopez. The I’m Real singer, who was engaged to Affleck before breaking up after 18 months together, is said to have been in contact with Ben since they reconnected at the Oscars earlier this year, and that caused massive problems. A source told the Sun newspaper: “Everyone’s talking about JLo and Ben and saying it’s inevitable they will get together again at some point. They were pretty flirty at the Oscars and have stayed in touch via email. Jennifer Garner never liked it.”