Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner may be ending their 10-year marriage, but the two actors have no plans to move away from one another any time soon. Following their divorce announcement late Tuesday evening, it was revealed that the couple had actually split months prior. But according to one report, they plan to remain housemates.
According to People, Affleck and Garner want to ensure this isn’t “an ugly divorce" and both parties want to do what’s best for their three children. Sources say they plan to continue sharing their massive $17.5 million Los Angeles estate they purchased in 2009. The magazine is claiming they hope that continuing to live together will help them better co-parent and make their separation easier on their children, whom are “their top priority.”
“They plan on co-parenting and doing absolutely everything in the best interest of the kids,” the source said.
The couple announced their divorce on Tuesday, just one day after the 10-year anniversary of their wedding, in a joint statement issued to TMZ. In the statement they said they had put “much thought and careful consideration” into the decision. They went on to say that, although they no longer planned to stay married, they still shared “love and friendship for one another.” They have vowed to remain silent on the matter following the release of the initial statement and have asked for privacy.
Affleck and Garner married in June 2005. They were expecting their first child, daughter Violet, now 9, at the time. The couple met two years prior to their marriage on the set of “Daredevil.” Unfortunately, Affleck was engaged at the time to pop-music star Jennifer Lopez. It wasn’t until seven months after he ended that engagement that he and Garner began dating. They kept their relationship very low-key, avoiding the public eye for a majority of it.