For decades, the Affleck family has been close to the Phoenix family. I think the start of it was probably just the fact that Joaquin Phoenix was auditioning for the same roles as Casey and Ben Affleck back in the 1990s. Joaquin and Casey worked together in 1995’s To Die For, and they’ve been friends ever since. Back then, Joaquin was dating Liv Tyler (God, I remember those days!!!). At some point, Joaquin introduced his BFF Casey to his sister Summer, and Casey became involved with Summer. Summer and Casey got married in 2006 after being together for six years. They have two kids together. And now it’s over?
In Touch magazine has learned exclusively that Casey Affleck has split from his wife of nearly 10 years, Summer Phoenix.
“Casey and Summer have amicably separated,” Casey’s rep confirms to In Touch. “They remain very close friends.”
Summer, 37, and Casey, 40, have been separated for several months but are co-parenting their sons, Indiana, 11, and Atticus, 8.
“She was having a lot of trust issues,” an insider tells In Touch. “They went to couples counseling but they just couldn’t recover.”
Does anyone remember Joaquin’s I’m Not Here phase, which he later said was some high-minded performance art about the nature of celebrity? Casey directed that documentary, and it was said that Casey and Joaquin were both having, like, complete breakdowns as they shot that. While I think Casey is extremely talented, I also sort of wonder if he’s a good dude? Like, he seems like he might have issues. And I wouldn’t blame Summer at all if she had “trust issues.”
Photos courtesy of WENN.