Ben Affleck Reveals His Alcoholism Started When He Felt ‘Trapped’ In His Marriage With Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck Reveals His Alcoholism Started When He Felt ‘Trapped’ In His Marriage With Jennifer Garner

Marriage is not easy. But for it to work, it takes both parties involved to fight for it together. It can be stressful at times but you should know how to handle it, not alone, but together.

This is probably not something that Ben Affleck did not do during his marriage with Jennifer Garner because, in his words, he felt ‘trapped’ all those times.

Every married person can tell you marriage isn’t always simple. Those who have been through a divorce will advise you that it’s very important to be sure that you genuinely want to get married and you can see yourself being with this person for the rest of your life before you make it official.

Celebrities know that their life can be out there in the open as their fans will surely find ways to know what’s happening to their idols. And getting married and divorcing in front of the world must be excruciatingly awkward.

And during these instances, there will always be drama. But still, what’s going on behind closed doors mostly just stays between the husband and wife.

While some celebrity couples’ relationships have lasted for a long time, others have failed to do the same. One of which is Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage.

It was back in 2004 when Affleck and Garner started dating. Then in 2005, they decided to tie the knot. Ten years and three kids later, they separated in 2015. Their divorce was then finalized in 2018.

That’s the timeline of their relationship. But what do we really know about how their marriage went and why it ended up in a divorce?

Even after their messy breakup and divorce, Affleck and Garner are still friends for the sake of their children. They have been spotted attending their children’s events and activities together.

And a few years after their divorce, they are both more vocal about what went on during their marriage and where it went wrong.

According to Garner, their marriage was like a “circus.” Since they were both at the peak of their careers at the time, the paparazzi made it nearly impossible for them to even try to have a normal life for their children and have some privacy for their family.

Affleck also shared his thoughts about his marriage to Jennifer Garner. In an interview with Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show, he shared that he felt “trapped” when he was married to Garner.

He explained that he was not happy with the marriage but he felt that he couldn’t leave because of their children. And as a result, he turned to alcohol. He shared, “I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I am not happy.

What do I do?’ What I did was drink a bottle of scotch on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”

Affleck knew that he needed help. So after their divorce, he went to rehab. Alcoholism is slowly destroying him and he needed to stop drinking or else, it would be too late to turn around from this addiction.

But we have to understand that his alcohol addiction didn’t start when he was married to Garner. In fact, he already had been struggling with alcohol abuse long before he even started dating the actress.

Talking about the divorce, Affleck said that he does not regret doing it. He felt that he would continue with his alcohol problems if he chose to stay in that marriage.

He explained, “And you know what, we probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats. I’d probably still be drinking — which is part of why I started drinking alcohol — because I was trapped.”

It seems like Ben Affleck is slowly getting his life back. In fact, he has rekindled his relationship with his old girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez.


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