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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About Divorce, Addiction, and His 'Biggest Regret'

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By Julia Duda

Ben Affleck recently sat down for an interview with The New York Times, and he didn't hold anything back. After decades of success in Hollywood, Ben is no stranger to the highs and lows of an acting career. After years of struggling with addiction and reeling from his divorce from Jennifer Garner, Ben is back and better than ever with this vulnerable new interview. Let's take a look at all of the best pieces -- including what Ben considers to be his "biggest regret".

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Ben has been candid in the past about his struggle with alcoholism, but in the Times interview, he really addresses the toll that it took on his entire life. "I drank relatively normally for a long time," he explained. But, this normalcy didn't last long. "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." The marriage in question is, of course, the one he shared with Jennifer Garner for 10 years.

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"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," he continues as he describes his struggle with alcoholism. "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.” Ben, of course, came to realize that this lifestyle wasn't sustainable -- and made a genuine effort to break the cycle.

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Ben also reflected on his marriage to Jennifer Garner, which spanned 10 years and ended in 2015. The two finalized their divorce in 2018, and Ben says it's his "biggest regret." Of course, he and Jennifer are still on good terms and share three children together -- Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. Although they aren't romantically together, Jennifer has been very supportive of Ben's journey to sobriety, for the sake of his health and the sake of his relationship with their children.

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As for the future, Ben is remaining focused on sobriety and getting his career back on track. He's due to be in four films this year, and after a disappointing stint as Batman, there's no guarantee that he may bounce back. But he's certainly putting in the work, and the next thing you can anticipate from Ben is a film called The Way Back, which in many ways reflects his personal struggles with alcoholism and getting back on track. Be sure to read Ben's full interview with The New York Times here!

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