Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner who announced their decision to get divorced after being married for 10 years reportedly parted ways due to his closeness to former fiancee, Jennifer Lopez. The actor was reportedly getting closer to JLo which has been slated as one of the reasons behind his divorce with Garner.
The duo announced their divorce on Tuesday, just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, and according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old's continued friendship with his former fiancee Lopez.
According to The Sun, Ben and JLo have been in regular contact since reconnecting at the Oscars this year. The couple who were tagged 'Bennifer' dated for 18 months before calling off their engagement in January 2004.
"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," The Sun newspaper quoted one of their friends as saying.
"They were pretty flirty at the Oscars and have stayed in touch over email. Jennifer Garner never liked it," the friend added.
Another reason for the collapse of the couple's marriage was said to be that Affleck, 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 Garner's birthday in April and America's Mother's Day in May, despite having three children - Violet (9), Seraphina (6), and Samuel (3) - together.
The friend explained: "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."