Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Divorce Fueled by Ex, Jennifer Lopez

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Divorce Fueled by Ex, Jennifer Lopez
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Fans were saddened when Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck confirmed that they were filing for divorce this week after ten years of marriage. A news report has further revealed that the divorce was allegedly fueled because of Jennifer’s increasing concern over the involvement of her husband’s ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez. According to rumors, the Argo star and his Lopez had been growing closer in the last couple of months. The two stars reconnected at the Oscars this year and they have been in regular contact since then. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck dated for 18 months until January 2004 when they called off their engagement.

A source has said that there is no doubt that Lopez and Affleck will get back together at some point in the future. It was further said that the two were quite flirty at the Oscars and Jennifer Garner was not pleased with this occurrence. However, a reconciliation doesn’t seem likely because rumor has it that Lopez is back with her boyfriend, Casper Smart. On Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez was spotted with her on and off beau Casper when they walked their boxer dogs in New York City Park.

After months of speculation, the 43-year old Garner and Affleck announced their separation only a day after their tenth wedding anniversary. They couple did everything possible to mend their relationship and stall the divorce, which included visits to the marriage counselor as well. A source said that they had been going for couples therapy for years and it hadn’t worked. In late May, a number of publications had reported that the relationship of the two was on the brink of collapse. They are parents to three children, nine year-old Violet, six year-old Seraphina and three year-old Samuel. It has also been alleged that matters were complicated due to Ben’s gambling habit.

Whenever the couple had a fight, he would stay at the Hotel Bel-Air. The couple announced their intention to divorce in a statement and said that they intended to be friends from here on and asked everyone to respect the privacy of their children. According to TMZ, the pair, worth $150 million, are using business managers and a mediator ahead of the divorce and also plan to share custody of their children. Meanwhile, they will continue to reside in their 800 square feet mansion located in Pacific Palisades, California. In 2013, when Affleck accepted the Best Picture Oscar for Argo, he thanked his wife for ‘working’ on their marriage.

The new claims surface after Ben and Lopez were acting friendly at the 87th Academy Awards held in February this year. They had a reunion behind the scenes and acted like an old married couple. The 42 year-old actor was not accompanied by his wife and the 45 year-old Boy Next Door star didn’t bring Casper along with her. Both stars served as presenters where Affleck wore a black tux and Lopez absolutely sizzled in a sparkling beige Ellie Saab gown.

The Bronx beauty and Goodwill Hunting star met each other on the set of romantic comedy Gigli. He proposed to her in late 2002 with a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring and she said that it was extremely beautiful and his proposal was both traditional and spectacular, just like you would expect from him.

Lopez had said in True Love, her first memoir, that Ben broke her heart when he broke off the engagement and left her at rock bottom. Just months later, he began dating Jennifer Garner and the couple married in June 2005 in the Turks and Caicos Islands when the new bride was pregnant with their first child.

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