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Ben Affleck's heartbreak humour

Ben Affleck made a surprise appearance at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor made a surprise appearance at the ceremony on Wednesday night. And in the aftermath of the news that he had split from wife of ten years Jennifer Garner, Ben's jokes about heartbreak raised a few eyebrows.

"He broke my heart 100 times, if not more," he joked about baseball player Derek Jeter as he presented him with the Icon Award. "And he broke it again when he retired, because he was absolutely one of the very best ever to play the game of baseball."

The 42-year-old and his estranged spouse announced their plans to divorce last month, just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary. Ben has been keeping himself busy since the news broke, attending Comic-Con to promote his superhero movie before attending the ESPY's.

The actor looked smart in a suit as he honoured Derek, who played for the New York Yankees for his entire career. Despite the fact that Ben is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, he was more than happy to pay tribute to the star player.

"If you're from Boston you always wanted to hate our next honouree," he said. "There was something about him that made the boo's ring a little hollow. Maybe it was his inimitable class, maybe it was that he won with dignity and lost with grace. Maybe it was simply that we knew no matter what, he was a winner regardless."

Ben wore his wedding ring during his appearance, following reports that he and Jennifer, 43, had agreed to keep wearing them for the sake of their three children, Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and three-year-old Samuel.

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