Ben Affleck has always been honest about his intentions to work on and improve his marriage to Jennifer Garner (case in point: the actor/director’s 2013 Oscar acceptance speech), but the longtime couple announced on Tuesday their plans to separate and Ben is said to be “devastated.”
A source told People magazine: “He’s devastated. Nobody intends to go down this path.
“They both battled, and he really battled to try and save the marriage but ultimately it was the best thing for the kids and for him and Jen.”
For the time being both are still living at their 8,800 sq ft California estate to make the transition easier for their children, Violet, nine, Serafina, six, and Samuel, three.
It is being reported by People that they effectively separated ten months ago. However, during that time they have maintained a united front. In March, Jennifer proudly supported her husband when he made a speech at a US Senate hearing on the importance of foreign aid in Africa.
Along with their eldest daughter Violet, the Dallas Buyers’ Club actress sat behind Ben as he testified to a Senate committee in his capacity as the founder of the East Congo initiative.
The mother-of-two also spoke about being “in a mindful place” in their marriage where they were making an effort to spend quality time alone. In December, the two Hollywood stars were pictured doing just that, cuddling as they walked along chatting.
However, the 42-year-old also opened up about the juggling needed to manage two high-profile careers, especially Ben’s.
“Ben is super busy and I’m super happy for him,” she said. “I chose to stay home this year and just said, ‘Go for it babe. Do it all. Do Gone Girl, do Batman, do The Accountant. Do everything.’
“I want that for him and I’m happy for him. And he says the same to me. Except that he’s really busy. But he understands that when I really have to do it, we figure it out.”