Ben Affleck is getting brutally honest about his marriage and his alcoholism. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor gets candid about his relationship with his ex, Jennifer Garner, and how his divorce led him to an alcohol abuse relapse.
The actor says he is still battling “compulsive” behavior today. He said that the issues in his marriage had fed his drinking and that his drinking had, in turn, made it harder for him to save his marriage.
“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 told the outlet.
The couple initially announced their separation in June of 2015. Their divorce became official in October of 2018. The relationship started more than a decade before, in 2004, and the couple also have three children together ages 14, 11, and 7.
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce,” Affleck said.
While it’s hard to know for sure wat the status of their relationship is today, it seems that the two are able to co-parent amicably. What’s more, Garner has also helped Affleck with rehab in the past.
A romantic reconciliation between the two is likely not in the cards, but their relationship is largely amicable. At least, that’s how it seems from the outside. It’s impossible to say for certain how they feel about each other.
Affleck also got honest about his own emotions in the interview “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 said.
He also said that, while he acknowledges his failures, he tries not to focus too heavily on them. Instead, he tries to focus on the aspects of his life that are working instead of dwelling on the negative tings that have happened to him.
“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,” Affleck said.
The actor said that he wanted to end the “vicious cycle” that he found himself in. Now that he’s getting honest about it, it’s possible that Affleck can finally begin to heal.