Portrait of a broken Hollywood dream: Tense Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck pictured on divorce retreat in Bahamas as claims of his painful betrayals emerge
- They announced their marriage was over just one day after their 10th wedding anniversary
- Batman star has since been hit by claims he cheated on his wife numerous times
- Sources in Affleck's camp insist he's a 'dedicated family man'
- Pair are using a mediator to divide their fortune
Pictures have emerged of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's emotional divorce retreat in the Bahamas.
While the holiday should have been a cause for celebration - the pair reached their 10 year wedding anniversary on June 29 - it was instead a sad and tense getaway for one of Hollywood's dream couples.
The pair announced their marriage was over just one day after reaching the decade-long milestone and jetted off to sit out the storm with their young ones.
In heartbreaking pictures from Friday, Affleck 42, and Garner, 43, steal a moment away from their children for a somber talk - clearly showing the strain of their broken relationship.
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The duo appear resigned as they sit quietly together - with no physical contact - on some steps leading down to the beach near their property at the exclusive Baker's Bay resort.
During the short and uncomfortable exchange an onlooker revealed that the pair would glance fleetingly at each other as they spoke before looking away in silence.
But they spent much of the time staring off into space, seemingly lost in their own thoughts.
The Gone Girl actor is seen in a white polo-shirt and dark shorts and still wears his wedding band - which he has since removed and was seen without during an outing in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Garner meanwhile sports a red tank top and sporty leggings, accessorising with a gold necklace and watch.
DID BEN AND JEN GET SPLIT TIPS FROM HIS EX GWYNETH PALTROW?
It seems Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been taking notes from his famous ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow when it comes to handling their high-profile split.
Paltrow redefined the PR game in the way she publicly managed her divorce from Chris Martin last year.
Not only did she rebrand breaking up as 'conscious uncoupling', she also headed to the Bahamas on holiday with Martin and their children immediately after going public.
And Ben and Jen copied that strategy with a divorce retreat at the same destination.
Paltrow may have even given the couple advice first hand.
While her split from Affleck in 2000 after three years was rather bitter - she called him 'complicated' and later hinted at his penchant for strippers - she formed an unlikely friendship with both him and Garner in recent times.
Paltrow recently said Garner is 'awesome' and revealed they enjoyed a girls' dinner last year.
The actress has her hair tied up and sips on a can of Diet Coke during the duo's brief exchange.
A source confirmed to People that Affleck arrived at the lavish Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club on June 28 while Garner arrived on their wedding anniversary a day later.
Following the post-split getaway, Affleck returned to Los Angeles on Friday to spend the July 4th weekend alone while Garner took their children Violet, nine, Seraphina, six and Samuel, three to Atlanta where she has begun working on her new movie Miracles From Heaven.
A source told People that Garner is taking extra special care of her children during this difficult time and being very open with them.
'She's such a good mom and she's honest with them – she's not sugarcoating this,' said a friend of the actress.
'She has risen up in this situation. It's unbelievable.'
Meanwhile, the Town actor has been hit by allegations he cheated on his wife on numerous occasions during their decade long marriage.
Fresh reports claim tension between one of Hollywood's favorite couples was mostly the result of the actor's inability to take control of his vices, mainly women, alcohol and at times, gambling. (A spokesperson for Affleck had no comment when contacted by DailyMail.com on Wednesday.)
Multiple sources now say Garner felt she had no choice but to leave the Argo star after years of troubles.
The actor had a 'candid conversation' with his wife where he admitted he had not been 'committed to the marriage in the last few years', People reported on Wednesday.
The magazine added his alleged womanising was a big factor in Garner's decision, with a source saying: 'There comes a time when enough is enough.' The publication reported that Affleck has denied being unfaithful.
Another insider was less delicate with their wording, telling Us Weekly: 'The reason they split is because of Ben's drinking and his infidelities.'
While the mother-of-three put her career on the back-burner in recent years, Affleck was hopping from project to project working with beautiful women.
One time, after rumours of him hooking up with a younger co-star emerged, Garner reportedly packed up her kids and moved cross-country to keep and eye on him.
An insider told Us Weekly that sometimes the actor would confess his transgressions and beg for forgiveness which would lead to the actress resolving to try and make the marriage work.
According to one source, Garner revealed in the past year that her husband had 'admitted to cheating' with one 'comely brunette love interest'
Garner reportedly kicked him out of their home in Pacific Palisades but eventually forgave him.
And despite rumours of 'one-night stands with random women', whenever Garner considered walking away, she'd think of their three children.
A source close to Ben told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that when it comes to allegations of cheating: 'We are yet to see any facts.'
'He's a dedicated father and family guy,' the insider added.
'He's never not been dedicated to his family and the fact he is in Atlanta now with the kids is an example of that.'
And the source stressed that while many are quick to blame Ben: 'There are two sides to every split.'
To that end, sources form Team Affleck's camp maintain that the actor 'never felt perfect enough' for Garner no matter how hard he tried and it was an 'extremely controlling environment'
In addition to reports of inappropriate behaviour with other women, sources suggest that Affleck's drinking had spiraled out of control in recent years.
After a rehab stint for alcohol dependency in 2001, the Town actor was virtually sober throughout his marriage to Garner but insiders say he hid drinking from his wife.
His boozing then became progressively more public over the last few years.
While filming Gone Girl, the actor is said to have drank to get into character as Nick, telling Details magazine that according to the book he was supposed to be 'puffy and hungover' and that he 'dedicated himself to that'.
Affleck's heavy gambling also hit headlines in recent years as he was spotted at various Detroit casinos gambling the night away as he stayed in the state during filming of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
A Garner source also revealed the movie star 'had a habit of going missing in Vegas for days at a time.'
And so after a decade of struggles, years of couples' therapy and a recent 10-month trial separation the former Alias star decided she'd had enough.
In the weeks running up to their shock announcement, Garner had reportedly been hesitant to go public with the news.
Meanwhile the Gone Girl star was spending most nights at the nearby Hotel Bel-Air.
The duo, who met on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001 before falling in love during the filming of 2003's Daredevil, were married in June 2005 while the actress was already pregnant with Violet.
After weeks of speculation Affleck and Garner said in a joint statement on June 30: 'After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.
'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.
'This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.'
Affleck and Garner - who are allegedly worth $150m - are said to be using a mediator and business managers ahead of the divorce and plan to share custody of their children, according to TMZ.
The pair are continuing to share their 8,800 sq ft mansion in Pacific Palisades, California, in the meantime so that Affleck can remain close to the kids.