Whenever two Hollywood A-Listers tie the knot, there is almost instantly going to be a lot of pressure on that marriage to work. For Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, it now appears, their union is officially coming to an end after 10 years. Yesterday, the 29th of June, was their anniversary. They were married on that date in 2005.
This sad news comes via the following joint statement from Affleck and Garner, mostly asking for privacy regarding their situation:
"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."
Affleck and Garner began dating in 2004 after on-camera work together with Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003). It seemed the two had so much chemistry together from those films, as well as many public appearances including this memorable one together on Saturday Night Live that may have been a telling sign that things weren't going so well.
"I thanked my wife while saying the essence of marriage is work. Some uncharitable souls on the Internet took that to mean our marriage is some kind of manual labor. That's not it. You define what's important to you by what you dedicate your time to."
Of course, he was alluding to this speech from when he won the Oscar for 'Best Picture' with Argo in 2013.
The exact quote from the acceptance speech was as follows...
"I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work with."
It seems as if the newest Batman and Oscar winner probably didn't make this decision overnight with Garner. The two certainly had a lot of private conversations that the rest of us will never hear.
I'm sad about this news because the two of them were seemingly such an example of genuine Hollywood love. They stuck it out for ten whole years, and to see this come to an end is certainly a bit of a bummer to millennials who grew up with this couple.
Best wishes to the family, especially their three children, and I'm sure that like all things, this too shall pass.
(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)