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Ben Affleck Tells All In Explosive New Interview

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By Chris Barilla

In a rare, expansive profile conducted by The New York Times, actor Ben Affleck, famous for writing and directing such films as 'Argo,' speaks candidly about the demons that have followed him in life and the concious efforts he is making to change aspects of himself that he deems unfit. With four new films slated to come out this year, Affleck, 47, is as busy as ever, and his road to recovery and getting back to such productivity has been a hard one to say the least.

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"People with compulsive behavior, and I am one, have this kind of basic discomfort all the time that they’re trying to make go away," Affleck leads off his detailed interview with the publication saying.

"You’re trying to make yourself feel better with eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever. But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me."

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The actor then went on to detail some of his problems, saying, "I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems."

Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner until 2018, and the pair have three children together. Accoring to the interview though, he bears some regret, "The biggest regret of my life is this divorce."

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“Shame is really toxic. There is no positive byproduct of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing," Affleck added, showing emotions about how his marriage came to unravel.

"It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures — the relapses — and beat myself up. I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward."

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In reference to his documented alcoholism addiction and subsequent relapse, Affleck commented that, "Relapse is embarrassing, obviously. I wish it didn’t happen. I really wish it wasn’t on the internet for my kids to see. Jen and I did our best to address it and be honest."

He goes on to explain the roots of his problems, saying, "My dad didn’t really get sober until I was 19," but admits that, "The older I’ve gotten, the more I recognize that my dad did the best he could."

"There’s a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family. The legacy of that is quite powerful and sometimes hard to shake," he concluded.

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