"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," read a joint statement from the couple at the time.
"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time." The statement continued: "This will be our only comment on this private family matter.
But still, there, burned in my brain, is the memory of me seeing the news and thinking, Of course.
Affleck thanked Garner for supporting him and caring for their kids while he was on the road to recovery from alcohol addiction.
"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," he wrote.
I remember the moment in April 2005 when I heard that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were getting married.
I was in college at the time and I didn’t really follow gossip news, so I didn’t even know they had started dating.
The whole episode is online, but a lot of it is Kevin Smith talking about stuff that has nothing to do with true love. The first moment starts with Ben Affleck talking about how he has a big forehead, which causes Garner to slap her head to show that she also has a giant forehead.