Ben Affleck admitted feeling “trapped” in his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner and said that he’ll still be drinking if he stayed with her.
He told SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show”, “We probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats. I probably still would’ve been drinking.”
“Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped,” he added.
In 2018, the actor went to rehab after suffering from alcoholism. He continued, “I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ And what I did was [I] drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”
Affleck and Garner were married from 2005 to 2018 and share three children namely: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9.
He shared that they tried to save their marriage but it didn’t work out. “Ultimately, we tried, we tried, we tried because we had kids, but both of us felt like we didn’t want this to be the model that our kids see of marriage,” he said.
He also pointed out that the newspapers were wrong regarding their split. He explained, “Everything you read [in the news about the divorce] was bulls–t. The truth was we took our time, we made our decision … We grew apart. We had a marriage that didn’t work. This happens. She’s somebody I love and respect, but to whom I shouldn’t be married any longer.” He added that he and Garner ended their marriage in good terms.
He said, “We did it amicably. We did our best. Did we have moments of tension? Did we have disagreements over custody? Was stuff difficult for us? Did we get angry? Yes, but fundamentally it was always underpinned with a respect. I knew she was a good mom. I always hoped she knew I was a good dad. I knew I was.”
Affleck also talked about his addiction. He became sober after a year and a half, saying, “The cure for addiction is suffering, you suffer enough, that something inside you goes, ‘I’m done,’. I’m lucky because I hit that point before I lost the things that were most important. Not my career or money — it was my relationship with my kids, and when I felt as if it impacted them, I recognized it.”
He continued, “It was the worst day of my life. I made amends … But since that day, I swear to Christ, I have not ever wanted to drink once.”
The actor recently rekindled his romance with Jennifer Lopez, whom he was engaged to in the early 2000s.