After celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary on Monday, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have announced they will be ending their marriage. In a statement to PEOPLE magazine, the couple spoke about the split. "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." Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, are parents to three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. The seemingly perfect couple met and fell in love following Affleck's very public relationship and breakup with Jennifer Lopez in 2003. He has said of that time, "My wife was definitely around then. Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, 'Okay, I'm going to do Hollywoodland... Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board." And since that time their marriage and family life have always been characterized by a very un-Hollywood normality, from hands-on parenting to a refusal to hype up their fashion and lifestyle expectations when they weren't filming. In 2013, Garner told InStyle magazine, "We both know we couldn't do what we do without each other. He has been amazing at finding ways of telling me how much he appreciates what I do. Honestly, I would do anything for that man, because I know it's not to be taken for granted.” The couple say they will seek mediation and continue to parent their children together. Were Jennifer and Ben one of your favourite Hollywood couples? Did you see this coming?