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Ben Affleck turning to his mother for support in wake of Jennifer Garner divorce

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Published 04/07/2015 | 13:25

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
Actress Jennifer Garner and actor-director Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen in Brentwood on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Ben Affleck’s mother is his “constant rock”.

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The 42-year-old actor and his 43-year-old wife Jennifer Garner revealed earlier this week that they had split after ten years of marriage.

And in the wake of the devastating news, Ben is said to have turned to his parent Christine for support.

"While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben's life is his mother," a source close to Ben told People.com. "She is a constant rock for him. She had remained close to the family as well. She's been there for him through this extremely difficult time."

Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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According to the outlet, Ben and his children Violet, nine, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old Samuel spent a lot of time with Christine while Jennifer was shooting her upcoming film Nine Lives in Montreal, Canada.

And the actor couldn’t be without his mother, who he is also said to have called on for advice following his split from former fiancée Jennifer Lopez.

"He is really leaning on his mother for support," the source added. "Ben and his mom have always been very close."

Actress Jennifer Garner and actor-director Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner and actor-director Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jennifer and Ben, who celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on Monday, had been at the centre of rumours surrounding the end of their relationship for several months.

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And on Tuesday the couple confirmed the end of their union with a statement.

Following the news being made public, the pair decided to take a family trip to the Bahamas, where they have a home.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen in Brentwood on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen in Brentwood on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

The couple apparently decided that a trip away would be the perfect way to distract their children from the scrutiny surrounding their brood.

"They got the kids out of L.A. as soon as school was out," a source told Us Weekly magazine. "[The Bahamas] is a place they’ve been going to for years that’s very private and special for their kids."

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