“I don’t blame my ex-wife for my alcoholism”: Ben Affleck Defends Jennifer Garner After Media Slammed Her As Reason Behind Affleck’s Substance Abuse

It’s been nearly 40 years since Ben Affleck first appeared on television. Known for his simultaneous skills in acting, directing, and producing, the 50-year-old has created a significant impact in the Hollywood industry. From becoming the youngest person to win an Oscar at the age of 25, for Good Will Hunting, to winning the Best Picture award for Argo, Affleck created an impressive resume. 

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck the oscar-winning actor

Despite his achievements as a Hollywood personality, Ben Affleck is usually scrutinized for his moody behavior, wrecked marriages, and substance abuse. Currently married to Jennifer Lopez, the actor opened up about his alcoholism at the end of his previous marriage with Jennifer Garner. Affleck spoke purposefully about his habit and the one who’s responsible for it. 

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Ben Affleck’s Inception As An Alcoholic

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about COVID, his recent works, and his marriage, the actor Ben Affleck was asked about his social life. Due to recent rumors of Jennifer Lopez being the bossy wife, and Affleck being exhausted by her commands, the outlet asked about his absence from social media. Irrespective of Lopez being a social media mogul, Affleck stated, “My wife’s a genius at that. I don’t know if there’s anybody who understands Instagram better than her.” Further, he added his issue with the social network, “I view these things as land mines, where if you say one wrong thing, your career might be over.” 

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck speaks about his alcoholism

Ben Affleck previously faced the wrath of social media when he was vulnerable and on the verge of ending his marriage with Jennifer Garner. Thus, the actor seemed too traumatized to use it again. Bringing up the topic of being vulnerable, The Hollywood Reporter initiated the question of his alcoholism. Thus, Affleck mentioned, how social media sensationalized his substance abuse and linked it with his ex-wife. Despite inculcating the habit of drinking by the end of his marriage with Jennifer Garner, the actor mentioned it was solely his fault. 

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Ben Affleck Defends His Ex-Wife Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck has had a terrible marriage with Jennifer Garner, irrespective of their relationship starting on a healthy note. He mentioned how he started drinking by the end of his marriage with Garner, however, he abstained from blaming his ex-wife. “The idea that I was blaming my wife for my drinking. To be clear, my behavior is my responsibility entirely.” Affleck mentioned. 

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck defends his ex-wife Jennifer Garner

Further mentioning his interview with Howard Stern where he spoke about his alcoholism and divorce altogether, which made up all the misconceptions. The 50-year-old said, “It was the New York Post who deliberately mischaracterized it to make it clickbait, and everyone else then picked it up.” Affleck recalled, how he further tried stating facts however, people were no longer interested in the truth.  

It didn’t matter how many times I said, ‘I do not feel this way. I’m telling you, I don’t blame my ex-wife for my alcoholism.’” Ben Affleck tried to shield his ex-wife from the media’s wrath. However, on failing to do so, it was reported by several outlets that Affleck’s alcoholism began because of Jennifer Garner. And eventually, people started considering the clickbait to be a fact. However, Ben Affleck seems happy with his present wife Jennifer Lopez who advises the actor to relax and have fun. 

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez with her husband

While being courteous towards his ex-wife Jennifer Garner with whom he shares three children, Ben Affleck even mentioned his happy married life with Jennifer Lopez. Managing his work cycle as well as his family, Ben Affleck is doing wonders at 50.  

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Krittika Mukherjee
Krittika Mukherjee

Krittika has joined our team at Animated Times, as an entertainment content writer. Bringing along years of experience in the same field, the quintessential pop cult-loving Bengali girl has completed her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Amity University. This amateur photographer and doodler also posses Pandora's box of celebrity gossips. Not just that, she is a diehard Potterhead and wishes to become a dark tourist and visit the macabre spots in the world... well why not? #Wanderlust!

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