Traditionally, ten year wedding anniversary gifts are tin or aluminum. Well for America’s sweethearts Jennifer Garner (43) and Ben Affleck (42), they gifted each other paper. Divorce papers.
After a long road of speculation, the couple have confirmed their divorce. According to tabloids, the couple have been struggling in their marriage for some time. Paparazzi photos of moving van’s near their Southern California home in early June gave fans another clue to the trouble in paradise.
Their announcement came on Tuesday, June 30th – a day after their ten year wedding anniversary. Despite their split, they will share joint custody of their three children Samuel (3), Seraphina (6) and Violet (9).
The A-list couple made a statement together which read:
“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 is no stranger to the fact that every marriage is a journey and requires effort on both sides.
Last month Garner told Yahoo Parenting:
“You just go on a ride together because you don’t know who you’re going to be when you first have a baby and you don’t know who [your partner] is going to be. You have to just hang in there while you figure it out—and have a lot of patience for each other.”
She also interviewed In Style magazine and spoke openly about the changes their relationship has faced when the twosome welcomed a new baby. She told the magazine:
“When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here.”
“You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now; I don’t have the energy! But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving.”
Garner wasn’t the only one to speak to the public about their marriage. In 2013 when Ben accepted his Oscar for best picture (Argo) he addressed his wife from the podium stating:
“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.”
Hollywood relationships always seem short lived but at ten years I think a lot of us had called safe! It’s unfortunate, we were rooting for them, but at least they are calling it quits with grace and maturity.