Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce divorce

Jenniger garner and Ben Affleck in 2003. The pair met on the set of Daredevil. Credit: V. Flores/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are to end their ten-year marriage, the pair have confirmed in a statement.

There have been increasing rumours of a rift between the solver screen stars who first met on the set of commercial flop Daredevil in 2003.

Ben and Jennifer to split. Credit: V. Flores/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

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-parent our children, whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and daughter Seraphina Affleck at the Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade in 2012. Credit: Vince Flores/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Oscar-winning Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, were married in 2005 and have three children together.