The storm clouds over BEN AFFLECK and JENNIFER GARNER'S marriage have erupted into a secret separation, The National ENQUIRER has exclusively learned.
The troubled parents of three children will officially announce their split within weeks, according to a source – setting the stage for a $150 million divorce!
“Ben and Jen are through!” said the Hollywood informant. “He’s told Jen that he wants the official statement to come out before their 10-year wedding anniversary on June 29.”
The pair was last seen together walking their daughters to school in Brentwood, Calif., on April 24. The ENQUIRER exclusively reported how Ben, 42, stormed out on Jen and fled to a Buddhist monastery in Canada to “get his head straight.”
During his stay on a remote island, the Oscar winner was caught on video without his wedding ring! Stunned by yet another betrayal from her husband, Jen has temporarily moved to Montreal, where she is filming the comedy, “Nine Lives.”
Ben remained at home with their children – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
“Ben has been left with daddy duty, which he hates, until school is out for the summer,” revealed a source. “Then, all three kids will travel to Montreal to be with Jen – and Ben will be gone for good!”
The ENQUIRER learned that Ben has ignored Jen’s orders and continued to gamble – a vice that, along with alcohol, sent him to rehab in 2001.
On May 3, the “Gone Girl” star was photographed in Las Vegas where he “played high-stakes poker for several hours,” according to a source.
Ben was again spotted playing poker in Las Vegas on May 14 at 3 a.m.
Meanwhile, “Alias” actress Jen, 43, was seen only hours before on the east coast.
“He must have left the kids with a nanny!” said the source.
Disclosed another source: “Jen has actually been preparing herself emotionally for this divorce for some time.
“She sees a therapist to learn how to cope with the divorce, and how to deal with the kids after they split. She’ll take custody of them.”