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Affleck and Garner 'struggled with priorities'

Ben Affleck’s numerous outside interests are reportedly one of the reasons why his marriage to Jennifer Garner broke down.

The Argo star announced his divorce from his wife of ten years, Jennifer Garner, earlier this week. The couple have three children together, and it’s reportedly their different approaches to parenting that caused the breakdown of their union.

“He’s like a 50s dad, he thinks work is your priority and providing money for your family is your priority, and raising the kids day to day and making a nice house is the wife's priority,” a source told People magazine. “It leaves too much of the burden on Jen to be a mom and dad to the children when she also has a career.”

The former couple have daughters Violet, nine and Seraphina, six, and three-year-old son Samuel together. But as well as his acting and directing career, the 42-year-old has been known to enjoy a spot of gambling and other hobbies, which also reportedly added to the tension.

“Ben is a good dad when he is around, but he has so many outside interests and personal issues to get beyond," the insider added.

In the last few years, Ben has had something of a career revival, winning a best picture Oscar for Argo as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA for best director. He also received much critical acclaim for his work in Gone Girl and his performance in upcoming superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is highly anticipated.

However, another source close to the star refuted the claims that Ben spent too much time working away from home.

“He really enjoys what he does,” they told the outlet. “Sure, he works a lot, but it doesn't mean he doesn't go back to the kids. Those allegations that he chose work over her are not true."

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