Star told you first that after years of turmoil, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were preparing to draw divorce papers. Today, the celebrity pair officially announced they are ready to pull the plug on their 10-year marriage.
“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,” the celebrity couple reportedly said.
Star readers know the Affleck and Garner divorce announcement was coming around their 10-year anniversary, which was June 29, and the sad announcement has been a long time coming.
“He was considering moving out in 2014 and even went apartment hunting in New York City,” an insider told Star. But when Jennifer, 43, found out Ben, 42, was searching for an apartment, she insisted they make one last attempt to save their marriage by going to therapy together. But instead, he started spending most nights away from home—as Star reported, he’s been staying at hotels and a longtime pal Matt Damon‘s house.
“They’ve been living separate lives for so long, because of their careers, that Ben moving out won’t be a huge adjustment for her,” a friend tells Star. “But she’s still heartbroken. This is extremely hard for her.”