One week after Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their impending divorce, the rumour mill continues to churn out new details about the split. The reports are a mixed bag for Ben, with topics running the gamut from what he did wrong to how the couple is putting family first in the wake of their split. Keep reading for what has been reported so far.
Ben's Alleged Infidelity and Vices
According to Us Weekly, Jen told her friends that Ben "admitted to cheating" on her in the past year. A source close to Jennifer reportedly claimed that Jennifer kicked him out their home, "but eventually decided to forgive him." Despite their picture-perfect romance in front of the cameras over the years, Jen apparently "tried to leave him a few times, but he would beg her to stay." However, someone close to Ben countered the claim, telling the magazine, "Ben did not cheat on Jen."
Ben's drinking and gambling habits are also said to have contributed to the split. "She loved Ben," one of Jennifer's friends reportedly told People. "But there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and take care of yourself." Matters were made worse when Ben apparently confessed to Jen that he "had not been committed to the marriage within the past few years."
Again, someone else came to Ben's defense. "Saying he's a bad father and a husband is an easy story, and everyone has wanted to clock him as a womaniser and gambler," a source reportedly said. "He couldn't deal with her expectations. When you're told you're not good enough, you start to believe it."
Ben and Jen's Focus on Family
The stars were separated for months before making their public announcement, a source reportedly told People. Although they linked up for outings with their kids in recent months, including a smiley shopping trip on June 10, they were in the midst of preparing for a civil end to their 10-year marriage. "They've been in counseling for some time and have tried hard to work through things in their marriage," a source told the magazine. "They've been separated for a few months but will continue to work together as co-parents and as two people who still care about each other."
People reported that Ben's childhood without a present father has inspired his determination to be a good dad for Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. That dedication was evident during the family's emotional trip to the Bahamas last week and when Ben flew to Atlanta on Tuesday to see the couple's kids, who are with Jen as she works on a new movie. "The minute he could get on a plane to see his kids, he did," a source reportedly said. "It's important. He wants them to be stable."
Looking forward, Ben and Jen are said to plan on raising their children under the same roof. According to reports, the stars will remain on their Pacific Palisades, California, compound, albeit in separate living quarters. "This should not be an ugly divorce," a source reportedly said. "They plan on co-parenting and doing absolutely everything in the best interest of the kids."
Us Weekly's source echoed the sentiment, saying, "They don't want this to be War of the Roses." According to the magazine, the couple may use mediation to avoid a lengthy and messy divorce. "They want it to be simple and this takes the drama out of it," the source said. "It is important for them to keep this nice and efficient for the sake of their family."