In a new interview, Ben Affleck said he felt “trapped” in his marriage to his ex-wife Jennifer Garner and that it was “part of why” he started drinking.
Per The Independent, Affleck said yesterday (December 14), “We had a marriage that didn’t work. This happens. It was somebody I love and respect but to whom I shouldn’t be married any longer … what I did was [I] drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”
He said that he and Garner made the right choice by ending their marriage because they would “probably be at each other’s throats” if they hadn’t divorced. “I’d probably still be drinking. Part of why I started drinking alcohol was because I felt trapped.”
The Gone Girl actor checked into rehab for alcoholism in 2018, after he and Garner got divorced. Affleck and Garner first confirmed their relationship in 2004 and were married in 2005. They went on to have three children together. Affleck is currently dating his ex-fiancé Jennifer Lopez.
He is currently promoting his forthcoming film The Tender Bar, which is scheduled for release on December 17. Watch the trailer below:
Fans on Twitter rallied behind Jennifer Garner; see what they had to say about Ben’s comments below.