If news of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner breaking up wasn't surprising enough, the papers are now reporting that the couple plan to continue living together on the same property.
After news broke Tuesday that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were divorcing, fans got another surprise: The couple of 10 years reportedly plans to continue living together on the same property.
“They don’t want this to be War of the Roses,” a source told Us Weekly. “They want it to be simple and this takes the drama out of it. It is important for them to keep this nice and efficient for the sake of their family.”
Of course, I am no-one to tell any couple - least of all celebrities - how to run their lives - but it surprised me to think that a divorcing couple would try to deal with their differences whilst continuing to co-parent at the same time as living in close proximity to one another.
The Mail reckons that Ben is building a 'man cave' to allow him to remain a constant presence in the lives of his three children. And let's face it, the average A-lister's idea of a man cave is pretty certain not to be anything like yours or mine. My husband takes to the garage when he needs to escape the house - Ben's man cave sounds more like an entirely separate house on the same property as the family home.
Props to Ben for choosing to remain a hands-on, present dad, despite the divorce. That's no mean feat, and it's pretty inspiring to see a celebrity father opting to stay full involved in the lives of his children in the wake of a divorce announcement.
Regardless of whether you're coupled up or separated / separating yourself, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Could you imagine co-parenting with your other half whilst living in close (ish) proximity? Or are you with one critic I heard this morning, who reckoned that Ben should have built his man cave sooner... Come and share your thoughts over on our Facebook page.