The couple met in 2001 on the set of Pearl Harbour. They also worked together on Daredevil in 2003. At the time Jennifer was still married to actor Scott Foley. Ben eventually dated Jennifer Lopez for some time. After Jennifer Garner’s marriage broke down and Ben and Jennifer Lopez broke things off, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck began dating sometime in 2004. Up until that point the two had been friends, but never been romantically involved.
Ben proposed to Jennifer on her 32nd birthday in April 2005 and in June they were married in a small ceremony.
At the time Jennifer was already pregnant with their first daughter Violet, who was born in December 2005. Daughter Seraphina followed in 2009 and son Sam was born in 2012. The happy family was complete.
But not long after their third child was born, the two apparently started to drift apart. As early as 2013 and most definitely in 2014 there was concern that the couple was not spending as much time together, though they always showed up with and for their children. And it was also noted that they didn’t look as happy anymore as once upon a time.
What happened to the fairy tale?
Probably the same thing that happens to all celebrity relationships that fall apart. Ben Affleck is a very busy man, acting in, directing, producing movies. And whilst Jennifer isn’t starring in productions as big as Ben’s, she’s hardly any less busy.
That never helps with maintaining a relationship. Additionally, the time the couple does spend together is usually family time with the kids. Do they have time to themselves?
Unfortunately, some nastier rumours talk about Ben’s penchant to lead more of a bachelor’s life than that of a family man. He flirts with women, likes to drink and gamble and party. Or so it is said. His behaviour is apparently getting worse after the split as well.
Now it seems clear that the couple had been drifting apart for some time. The announcement of their separation just one day after their 10th wedding anniversary was most definitely carefully planned. And whilst the two have made an effort to keep things amicable for the benefit of their children, the so-called “Nanny-gate” hasn’t helped matters.
The nanny in question is called Christine Ouzounian and once upon a time she was the nanny for Neil Patrick Harris’ and David Burtka’s twins, albeit for a short time. For some reason she’s at the centre of attention and there are claims that Christine has had relations with Ben. Whilst Ben vehemently denies that anything ever happened, Christine does not only not deny it, but seems to bask in the momentary fame the situation has brought her.
She posed for paparazzi, tipped them off when she happened to meet Ben and has been reported to have accompanied Ben to Las Vegas instead of helping Jennifer in Los Angeles.
Christine’s fame is already waning and whatever the truth may be, she has certainly not made herself more employable by what happened. It’s not even about whether or not the allegations are true, but the fact that she misused the trust of her former employers and essentially cashed in on a divorcing couple’s problems.
It has briefly been speculated that Jennifer and Ben might be reconciling, but there seems little truth to that. They have been seen out and about together in the last few weeks, which suggests that they are reasonably friendly still.
Apparently the two will have the custody settled in court, though there is likely not much contention in place. And a mediator is dividing their assets. Chances are the two will work all this out without issues.
Sooner or later both Jennifer and Ben will move on to new partners, but hopefully they’ll be able to keep co-parenting their three children.