While many fans and celebrities are proud of Ben Affleck for opening about his journey to sobriety, there is one viewer who isn’t thrilled about the actors candidness. Jennifer Garner’s current boyfriend, John Miller, is reportedly quite “uncomfortable” at some of the comments Affleck has made when discussing his path to finding peace and remaining sober.
A source close Miller maintains that the businessman do feel for Affleck, and wishes his girlfriend’s ex nothing but the best, however, he is worried for Garner’s sake.
The source said that Miller is “uncomfortable with Ben’s interviews” and told “Us Weekly” that, “John is empathetic to Ben’s struggles with sobriety, but he worries about how Jennifer has once again become the focus. … The spotlight on Jennifer is intense and Ben needs to consider her feelings before speaking so publicly.”
During an interview with the “New York Times”, Affleck spoke quite candidly about his struggles with addiction and commitment. He even stated that his biggest regret of all, was his divorce from Garner.
During the interview, Affleck explained that, “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…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.”
Affleck then spoke of the issues that his addiction caused in 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,” he said. “The biggest regret of my life is this divorce. 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.”
He continued with, “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.”
When asked what he would like to see for himself in the next five years, Affleck said, “Five years from now Ben Affleck is sober and happy and sees his kids three-and-a-half days a week and has made three or four movies that are interesting to him…I directed two [movies] that he is hopefully proud of and is in a healthy, stable, loving, committed relationship.”