Unexpected Split: Affleck & Garner Going Through Divorce
It came as a shock to everyone when actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split just a day after their 10th wedding anniversary.
More so since their marriage is one of the longer lasting ones in Hollywood and they were one of those couples we always believed would overcome all the obstacles.
But we were obviously wrong.
Ben and Jen met in 2004 while filming Daredevil together and ever since they started dating they have been a constant topic of the tabloids. They got married in 2005 and have three children together, son Samuel and daughters Violet and Seraphina. But after more than 11 years together, they have decided to go their separate ways.
According to sources, the couple has been having problems for years, and they tried everything in their power to try and save their marriage.
They have been visiting marriage counselors for years, but it was in vain; they have drifted apart and became different people. The marriage was beyond repair. The divorce was obviously an amicable one, and a product of a mutual decision, as the stars stated that they share nothing but love for each other and will continue to be friends. They asked the press to respect their privacy, especially because of their children.
However, this has not come out of the blue.
Affleck even alluded to possible problems during his Oscars speech in 2013. Moreover, the popular couple had been separated for six months before the news of their divorce came.
Affleck had been living in hotels during this time and some sources claim that his gambling problem and links to other women may have contributed or even led to the split. He is also rumored to have reconnected with his ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, but whether the original Bennifer had anything to do with the divorce remains a mystery. Garner and Affleck are working on completing the process as quickly as possible and will continue to live in the same home but will not share the main house.
As much as the news of the Hollywood break-up saddens the fans and cheers up the tabloids, this split truly came as a shock.
We just can’t get over the fact how normal Ben and Jennifer kept their marriage, and it still failed. They were just like us, taking their children to school, walking hand in hand with kids on their shoulders, sharing affectionate hugs, and yes, walking the red carpet from time to time. But they weren’t afraid to admit that love and marriage take a lot of hard work.
They weren’t trying to paint a perfect picture for the fans – they were honest, normal and mortal, just like the rest of us.
Maybe that’s the reason everyone was so shaken by the news. The realization that these godlike creatures are just human and that they suffer just like everyone else is what makes this divorce all the more devastating.