Sad news for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Almost two years after announcing their split, Garner is preparing to officially file for divorce, according to UsMagazine.com.
The former duo announced in June 2015 that they would separate after 10 years of marriage. A source told UsWeekly.com at the time that the couple had been in couples therapy "for years" before they separated.
The source said, "Ben truly wanted his idea of family life and the idea of family he had growing up in Boston, so he stayed in it longer than he wanted to because of the kids and the idea of family. But he couldn't save it."
Affleck made headlines soon afterward for briefly dating the couple's nanny, Christine Ouzounian, after the breakup. The nanny had been caring for the couple's three children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 4, during a trial 10-month separation.
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Despite the initial shock of the split news and the tabloid drama that followed, the couple remained friendly afterward as co-parents.
Affleck in particular was not shy about publicly showering compliments on his ex, calling her "the greatest mother in the world" and "probably the best cook I know" on two separate occasions.
For her part, Garner also has opened up about her ex in a positive way--along with the complex emotions that accompanied their split.
"I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him," she said in a 2016 interview with Vanity Fair. "And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow."
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And now, in regard to the couple's choice to divorce, a source close to the family said, "No matter what happens, Ben and Jen are committed to raising their family as one unit and will continue to do so as it has worked for them. They are both committed to their family."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to their whole family during this difficult time.
Pitt reportedly found out about Jolie's decision to file for divorce one day before she did so in September 2016, after two years of marriage.