Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split up: 10 celeb couples still going strong

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split up: 10 celeb couples still going strong
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck at the Governers Ball in 2013.
PHOTO: Reuters

Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in the saddest way - a divorce.

After getting married in 2005, they announced their split on Tuesday (June30), a day after their anniversary. The couple, who have three children, met on the set of the movie Daredevil in 2004.

Although Bennifer did not live "happily ever after", here are 10 celebrity couples who are still going strong.

1. Beyonce and Jay Z - 11 years

Jay-Z and Beyonce at the New York Met Ball. Photo: AFP

Relationship rumours started in October 2002, with the release of the Jay Z single '03 Bonnie & Clyde, which marked the first collaboration between the former Destiny's Child lead singer and the rapper.

The two music industry superstars confirmed they were an item by appearing on the red carpet together for the first time at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, in matching outfits.

They took their time developing their relationship, finally getting hitched in 2008. They have a daughter together.

2. David and Victoria Beckham - 16 years

Photo: David Beckham's Facebook page

The former Spice Girl's whirlwind romance with the football superstar kicked off in 1997 after they met at a charity football match. They began to see each other regularly on a series of low-key dates.

"My wife picked me out of a football sticker book. And I chose her off the telly... It felt straight away like we'd always been meant to be together," he wrote in his autobiography.

They were married in 1999 and have four children together - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

3. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick - 18 years

Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker's Facebook page

The Sex And The City star started dating Broderick in 1992 and they got married in a secret ceremony in 1997, for which she wore black.

The couple live in New York's West Village with their three children - James Wilkie, and twins Marion and Tabitha, who were born via surrogate.

4. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith - 18 years

Photo: Will Smith's Facebook page

The actress caught the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star's eye when she auditioned for the role of his girlfriend in the TV show in 1994. Jada didn't get the role, but she became his real-life wife in 1997.

They have two children together, Jaden and Willow.

5. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness - 19 years

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the special screening of "Dukale's Dream" at the SVA Theater in New York City. Photo: AFP

While Jackman has gone from an unknown actor to A-List star during their marriage, actress Furness was already a well-known star in Australia when they met. They have been married since 1996, a year after they first set eyes on each other.

The Wolverine star has said that his first rule for romance is surprise.

Life is busy for the couple, but Jackman has made a pact never to be apart from his family - they have two adopted children - for longer than two weeks.

6. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - 27 years

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrive for the BAFTA awards in February 2014. Photo: AFP

Hanks made hearts melt when in December 2014, after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, he told comedienne Ellen DeGeneres: "I'm not one to suck up to the audience, but the only thing we ever argue about is who loves each other more."

The actors met on the set of the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies in 1981. In 1988, they made it official and are now parents of two sons, Chet and Truman.

7. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick - 27 years

Photo: Kevin Bacon's Facebook page

After meeting on the set of Lemon Sky, Bacon and Sedgwick tied the knot in 1988, the same year the movie was released.

They have since starred in several movies together. According to Bacon, they make their marriage work by being super-romantic, like having date nights. They have two children.

8. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell - 31 years

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell attend the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Kaleidoscope Ball. Photo: AFP

The couple have never married but have been together since 1984. This was the year they starred together in the box-office bomb Swing Shift.

They have raised four children - one of their own and three from previous marriages, including actress Kate Hudson.

9. Denzel and Pauletta Washington - 32 years

Photo: Denzel Washington Official Facebook page

They have been together since 1977, and got married in 1983. The Training Day actor, who was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1996, had to propose to his wife multiple times before she finally agreed to marry him .

When talkshow host Oprah Winfrey asked Pauletta if Denzel's big female fan base bothered her, she said simply: "No, because, you know why? He's coming home."

The couple have four children together: son John David, daughter Katia, and twins Olivia and Malcolm.

10. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer - 37 years

Photo: Don Gummer's Facebook page

The Oscar winner met artist Don Gummer in 1978 after her partner, actor John Cazale, died.

Streep and Gummer went on to marry on Sept 30, 1978, and the marriage has endured till today. They have four children together: son Henry and daughters Mamie, Grace and Louisa.

"You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things," Streep told New Zealand Women's Weekly.

"You have to listen to your partner's problems, suggestions and advice, and accept that you're not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage."

Sources: Pop Sugar, Goodhousekeeping.com, Parade

 


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