BEN Affleck has now denied blaming his alcoholism on ex-wife Jennifer Garner, insisting his words were taken out of context.
The A-list star tried to shed light on remarks he made to radio host Howard Stern that he would still drink if he hadn’t broken up with Jennifer during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night.
He told talk show host Jimmy that explaining his initial comments “hurts my feelings” and assured the audience that he would never speak badly of his ex. mine.
“I went on [the show], showing how we respect each other, care about each other, care about our children, put them first,” said Ben.
“People say that I blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism, that I was stuck in this marriage, just made me the worst, most heartless, stupid and bad guy ever. worst.
“It hurt my feelings.”
In an interview with Shock Stern, Ben hid his time with Jennifer Garner, claiming he turned to drinking because he felt “stuck” in their relationship.
Jen, 49, had previously spoken of how she wished their marriage to be successful, telling Vanity Fair: “It was a real marriage.
“It’s not for the camera. And it’s been a huge priority for me to stay in it. “
But opening up about his battle with alcoholism in his own interview, two-time Oscar winner Ben, 49, said he would drink until he fell asleep to cope with life at home.
Speaking of his split from Jennifer, with whom he has daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, nine, he began: “The truth is we spent our time ourselves, we have made a decision. We were far from each other.
“We had a bad marriage.
“We tried because we had children. We don’t want it to become a marriage model for our kids.
“We did the best we could. I know she’s a good mother, and I hope she knows I’m a good father.
“I had to stay sober, and I admit it.”
However, he went on to deliver a brutal blow to Jennifer by saying that if they were to stay married: “We might get upset.
“I am probably still drinking. Part of the reason why I started drinking was because I felt stuck.”
Ben made no secret of his alcoholism and received treatment for alcoholism in 2001 and 2017.
Sadly, in August 2017 after their breakup, Jennifer was seen driving him to a treatment facility to help him on his recovery journey.
Ben previously admitted he started drinking more between 2015 and 2016, saying he remained married for a while because of their children.
He told Stern: “I thought, ‘I can’t leave for 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 in the chair, which turned out to be not the solution.
“But we both felt that we didn’t want this to be the model our kids saw of marriage.”
Ben and Jennifer became friends after meeting on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2000.
At the time, Jennifer was married to actor Scott Foley, 49, while Ben had just started dating pop star Jennifer Lopez, 52.
I can’t leave my baby but I’m not happy so what
what do i do? What I did was drink a bottle of Scotch.
Two years later, they met again on the set of the superhero movie Daredevil, in which they both starred.
And while the two were in a relationship, Ben later claimed that it was there that they “fallen in love”.
A year later, Jennifer was divorced from Scott, with Ben and J-Lo – who started dating this year – canceled their engagement in January 2004.
Nine months later, in October of that year, Ben and Jennifer their first public date before they got married on the private island of Turks and Caicos, with just two guests, in June 2005.
A decade has passed quickly and their breakup has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with their split announcement coming just a day after their 10th wedding anniversary.
A joint statement released by the couple at the time read: “After much thought and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.
“We move forward with love and friendship for each other and a commitment to co-parenting our children, whose privacy we ask is respected during this difficult time.”
Rumors swirl around Ben’s friendship with the couple’s nanny, 34-year-old Christine Ouzounian.
However, both he and Jennifer firmly deny anyone else was involved in their breakup.
In February 2016, Jennifer revealed their decision to leave their marriage, but she remained steadfast in her devotion to Ben.
She told Vanity Fair: “I’m not married to the big movie star, I’m married to him.
“And I will go back and redo that decision. I ran down to the beach with him, and I’ll be back. ”
She added: “He is the love of my life. What will I do about that?
“He was the coolest person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous.
“He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it’.
“But when the sun came out elsewhere, it was cold. He can cast a pretty good shadow.”
He’s just a complicated person. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you’ll feel it’
Speaking on US radio show The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, Ben said that after their decision to split, life got easier – although it didn’t come without challenges.
“We did it amicably,” he said. We did the best we could.
“Do we have stressful times? Do we disagree about child custody? Are things difficult for us? Were we angry?
“Yes, but it’s basically always underpinned by respect.”
Ben, who is now sober, added: “The addiction treatment is so painful, you’re so miserable that something inside of you says, ‘I’m done’.
“I’m lucky I got to that point before I lost the most important things.
“It’s not my career or the money – it’s my relationship with my children.”
Ben also talked about his rekindled relationship with J-Lo in the interview.
He said that the couple had previously broken up because of public scrutiny.
And he added that the aftermath hit him hard.
He explained: “I was hurt and angry and felt like an idiot. . . the thought that people hate you and they hate you together and that being together is toxic and ugly and toxic and which none of us want to be a part of.
“And who wants to invite them to dinner?
“And what the hell are they doing together?”
Ben went on to say that he even thought twice about rekindling their romance two decades later because of what happened before – and its effect on their children.
He added: “My responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility I have.
“So I won’t do anything painful or destructive to them if I can help.”
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