The news isn’t exactly a surprise, as it comes on the heels of a yearlong separation for the celebrity couple. E News noted that the couple had been seen less frequently together in public over the years, with some of their last appearances as a couple happening in 2014. Affleck and Phoenix announced they were separating in March 2016 after more than 10 years of marriage. The two had known each other since the mid-’90s when they were introduced to each other through Affleck’s friend and Phoenix’s brother, actor Joaquin Phoenix. At the time of their separation, news outlets reported that they were still “very close friends,” but in her divorce filing, Phoenix cited “irreconcilable differences.” According to documents, she’s requesting spousal support as well as joint physical and legal custody of their two kids, 13-year-old Indiana and 9-year-old Atticus.
The last handful of years have been particularly eventful for Affleck. Most notably, two separate women alleged they were sexually harassed by Affleck on the set of his and Joaquin’s mockumentary film I’m Still Here. Producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Górka both worked alongside Affleck on the film, later suing him for both physical and verbal sexual harassment. Affleck denied the allegations and reportedly claimed he would countersue the two women. In the end, he settled with them out of court for undisclosed sums. The allegations followed him into 2016 when he was campaigning for an Oscar for his leading role in Manchester by the Sea.
Affleck told The New York Times last year, “It was settled to the satisfaction of all. I was hurt and upset — I am sure all were — but I am over it.” Still, he was called out by a number of prominent A-listers, including Constance Wu and Brie Larson, and the allegations clearly carried over into his personal life; he and wife Phoenix separated at about the same time.