Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s recent announcement that they are splitting up after 10 years of marriage has shocked everyone.
Why? Because everyone seemed to think they would be the one Hollywood couple that’d last.
The couple told People magazine in a joint statement “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.”
However there were clues of a crumbling marriage all along.. we’ve only just noticed them now.
1. In Affleck’s acceptance speech for Argo, he thanked Garner for constantly ‘working’ on their marriage. He said (of their marriage) that ‘It is work but it’s the best kind of work and there is nobody else I would rather do that kind of work with.” He also said she was very patient and that he’s not very present in the rest of his life (family life).
2. In May this year Garner told Yahoo! that Affleck wasn’t really the kind of dad she visioned he would be.
3. Gambling and heavy drinking continued to plague Affleck following his rehab for alcohol addiction in 2001 after splitting from Gwyneth Paltrow.
Affleck and Garner are parents to Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.