The Gone Girl star and wife Jennifer Garner announced last week they are to divorce after 10 years of marriage, and the 42-year-old star has turned to his former girlfriend – who split from her husband Chris Martin last year after nine years together – for support.
A source said: ”Gwyneth has been through a marriage break-up herself, so understands.”
Ben – who dated Gwyneth from 1997 to 2000 – and Jennifer sought therapy for over two years in a bid to save their marriage but are now looking to finalize their split quickly so they can move on with their lives.
A source said: ”They did everything they could to stay together but there were problems they just couldn’t overcome. Two years of therapy didn’t help – they really tried.”
Another source told Grazia magazine: ”They could have dragged it out longer but they wanted to draw a line under it. Their marriage has been over for some time and they’re hoping for a quick divorce so they can move on.”
Despite their split, Ben is expected to continue living in a separate property on their Californian estate in order to be close to their children, Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and three-year-old Samuel.