The Hollywood couple – known as Bennifer – announced their divorce on Tuesday (30.06.15) – just a day after their 10th wedding anniversary, and, according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old actor’s continued friendship with his ex-fiancée J-Lo, 45.
A friend said: ”Everyone is talking about J-Lo and Ben and saying it’s inevitable they will get together again at some point. We call them the Richard Burton and Liz Taylor of Hollywood. ”They were pretty flirty at the Oscars and have stayed in touch over email. Jennifer Garner never liked it.”
Friends went on to reveal that another reason that the actor couple’s marriage collapsed was that Ben – who quit drinking after a spell in rehab in 2001 – started drinking again to get into character for his role in Gone Girl, and missed the Danny Collins actress’ birthday in April and Mother’s Day in May, despite having three children, Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three, together.
Speaking to The Sun, the friend said: ”This has been on the cards for some time — it’s a miracle Jen hung on so long. She has really tried but recently Ben has been back to his old self. He was drinking again while filming Gone Girl and has been gambling loads too. Jen’s fed up with him flying off to Vegas for gambling sessions and going on other solo trips, leaving her holding the family together. Their household is pretty much alcohol free so he would disappear when he wanted to indulge.”