Ben Affleck Called His Divorce From Jennifer Garner the “Biggest Regret” of His Life

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From House Beautiful

Ben Affleck has been through a lot. He got a really questionable full-back tattoo and played Batman, but he doesn’t regret anything more than his 2018 divorce from Jennifer Garner. Completely understandable.

In a new interview with The New York Times, Ben opened up about his new movie role as a high school basketball coach who is described as “a puffy, willful, fall-down drunk who blows up his marriage and lands in rehab.” Clearly, there’s a connection between this movie and Ben’s history of alcohol addiction and the cheating scandals that plagued his marriage with Jennifer.

While discussing the movie, the actor opened up about how he started drinking more as his marriage to his former Daredevil costar began to crumble. He confessed, “The biggest regret of my life is this divorce. Shame is really toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing.”

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After explaining the shame he feels about his past relationship, Ben continued:

“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.”

Over the years, Ben has sought treatment for alcohol abuse. Most recently, he went to a treatment center in October 2018 and posted about how he completed a 40-day program. At the time, he wrote, “I am fighting for myself and my family....As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24-hour treatment referral hotline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or visit FindTreatment.samhsa.gov for free and confidential help. In the case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.


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