Getting tired of all the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner breakup theories? Or do you feel like they’re all kinda true, compounding on each other until we get one, big, monolithic excuse that involves gambling booze drugs cheating alien abductions, gender fluidity and a black market for small, adorable A list children?
I’m placing bets, people.
Though everyone’s trying to stick to the “amiable breakup” plan, more things seem to be leaking that might shatter that facade. Us Weekly reports:
Multiple sources allege that the couple’s 10-year marriage (they announced their divorce on June 30) was torpedoed by Affleck’s partying, gambling and, yes, inappropriate behavior with other women.
One pal claims, in the past year, Garner told her friends that Affleck had “admitted to cheating” with an attractive love interest. A devastated Garner kicked the two-time Oscar winner out of their $17.5 million home in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades, “but eventually decided to forgive him,” says the insider. Meanwhile, a source close to Affleck insists, “Ben did not cheat on Jen.” The A-listers may be the only ones who know the truth, but at least one thing seems certain: Garner’s trust had been irrevocably broken.
Indeed, insiders say there was plenty of mistrust during their decade-long union. “She tried to leave him a few times, but he would beg her to stay,” one source says of the pair, who fell in love while filming 2003’s Daredevil.
Each time the Alias alum considered walking away, she’d think of kids Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. “She always fought against the urge to throw her hands up in the air and walk away,” says an insider. “They’ve been on the brink of splitting up many times before, but it’s Jennifer’s worst nightmare for their children. Her biggest desire has always been to keep the family together.”
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