Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce divorce plans

“We go forward with love and friendship for one another,’’ the stars say in a statement Tuesday

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their marriage.

The Hollywood A-listers announced Tuesday they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,’’ the pair said in a joint statement issued to TheWrap. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.’’

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The couple, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Monday, have three children together — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

Affleck is an award-winning actor, producer, writer and director. He has received two Academy Awards — the first in 1998 for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and the second in 2012 for producing Argo.

He is slated to appear in a string of upcoming films including The Accountant with Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons and Jeffrey Tambor. The drama will open in January 2016. Affleck will also play Bruce Wayne in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Meanwhile, Garner rose to fame in J.J. Abrams spy drama Alias, which aired on ABC from 2001 to 2006. She earned a Golden Globe in 2002 for her performance in the series, and also appeared in the award-winning films Juno and Dallas Buyers Club. Garner is currently filming the comedy Nine Lives with Robbie Amell and Kevin Spacey, which is slated for release in April 2016.

According to TMZ, while the couple announced their plans to divorce on Tuesday, papers won’t be filed for some time, as the couple sorts out financial and custody issues. Citing sources, the site says that Affleck and Garner will share joint custody of the children.


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