Even as they announced the end of their marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner spoke highly of each other, saying in a joint statement to PEOPLE, “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children.”
But the high-profile couple have raised eyebrows in the past when talking about their 10-year marriage.
In 2013, while accepting his Best Picture Oscar for Argo, Affleck, 42, acknowledged his wife, who was sitting in the audience, by saying: “I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It is work but the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work with.”
A few months later, the couple acknowledged the not-so-romantic acceptance speech by poking fun at it during Affleck’s opening monologue onSaturday Night Live.
Affleck called his wife on stage and asked her to explain what he meant when he said their marriage was “work.”
“Well, it is a way we talk privately about how committed we are to our marriage,” she said before adding, “I’m not sure why you had to share it live to a billion people.” And as to what she would have called their marriage, Garner, 43, quickly quipped, “A gift!”
More recently, a highly emotional Garner burst into tearsduring a chat withToday‘s Savannah Guthrie in March. When Guthrie brought up a Southern Living article that featured Garner with her sisters and mother, Garner began to cry and later explained it was because her mother, Patricia, was “feeling under the weather.”
In May at an event in Santa Monica, Garner provided a glimpse into their family life at home – and the role she plays rearing the couple’s three kids. When asked whether she takes on the task of being the designated enforcer, she told PEOPLE: “You have to be. There’s only one enforcer, yes.” She later lamented the fact that women often shoulder the bulk of that responsibility, saying, “It’s definitely on us.”
Garner also opened up to InStyle last year about the state of their marriage, saying the relationship was no longer in the “courtship” phase – but that she was fine with it.
“You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now,” said the mother of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. “I don’t have the energy!”