After YEARS of rumours about their unhappy home, admissions that their marriage was challenging, and making their difficulties part of his Oscars speech, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their 10-year-marriage.
Last week, there were photos of several moving vans outside the couple’s marital home. PEOPLE Magazine insisted they were only decorating (which made no real sense). Us Weekly, and others, were more honest and admitted they were actual movers and the couple were close to getting a divorce (as Gawker noted, PEOPLE seems to desperately want that exclusive!).
This year alone there have been several worrying headlines (via Celebitchy):
- May 8 Ben stormed out of Jennifer’s birthday party, according to the Enquirer
- May 27 Radar, correctly, predicted the marriage would end in June
- May 29 They stage family photos for the paparazzi
- June 5 Star claimed Jennifer was over Ben’s issues, and most times he didn’t come home
- June 11 Ben is photographed taking his time checking out another woman while with his wife
- June 17 Us Weekly claims even years of therapy couldn’t save the couple
- June 18 Radar claims Ben lives in hotels and is pressuring Jen for a divorce
- June 19 Unofficial sources insist everything is fine
- June 22-26 Moving vans spotted outside their home
And now, TMZ says it really is over. Which means the tabloids called this and offered a very accurate timeline of what was going on in their marriage before the mainstream media did the same.
The couple has released a statement confirming their intention to divorce:
“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.”
They were together for over 11 years, were married for 10 years and one day, they will share custody of their 3 kids (ages 3-9).
They’re working through the technicalities with mediators and business managers and will actually file for divorce after money, property and custody is settled. At the moment, it’s “amicable”.