'There is always a chance of reconciliation'
After 20 months separation, it has been reported that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have decided to put the brakes on their divorce, choosing to work on their marriage instead.
Jennifer Garner, who filed for divorce, seems to have had a change of heart, pausing the proceedings. ‘She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try,’ a source reportedly told People. ‘There is always a chance of reconciliation. They love each other. They also really, really love their kids, and those kids love their parents.’
The couple who met while filming the comic book action film, Daredevil, have been married since 2005, and have three children together, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.
However, on 30 June 2015, just days after their 10-year anniversary, the couple announced their split, releasing a joint statement:
‘We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children.'
Despite their separation, the two have remained friends, taking a page out of the Gwyneth-Chris handbook and spending a lot of time as a family, vacationing in the Bahamas together, and even co-hosting a birthday party for their son, Samuel, last week.
‘He’s the love of my life,’ Jennifer said of Ben last year in an interview with Vanity Fair. ‘He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy.’
Ben also has only good things to say about Jennifer, referring to her as his ‘wife’ last summer and crediting her with a lot of his success. ‘My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work,’ Ben explained during his appearance on the HBO show, Any Given Wednesday. ‘Because I was just so focused on it and it was harder to balance family and all that.’
Neither Ben nor Jennifer have commented on this reconciliation as of yet, but we’re crossing our fingers.
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