We declared love to be alive and well earlier this week, but unfortunately, we spoke too soon, as the very concept has now been irreparably torn asunder by the split of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, confirmed just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary.
In a joint statement to People magazine, the couple said:
“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.”
The couple starred together in Daredevil in 2003, and began dating in 2004, after the breakup of the original Bennifer, which consisted of Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
Affleck, recently seen flashing some Boston born and bred peen in Gone Girl, raised eyebrows at the Oscars in 2013, when he referred to his marriage as “work” several times during an acceptance speech for Argo.
More recently, moving trucks were seen outside the couple’s Pacific Palisades home, sparking rumours of an impending split.
We need to take a minute to process all this.
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