Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, the 49-year-old recently said, "We probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats."
Previously, Ben Affleck expressed his regret about letting his marriage with Jennifer Garner fall apart. But now the Argo actor says he felt "trapped" in that relationship and believes he would not have gotten over his alcohol addiction had he stayed with her.
Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, the 49-year-old recently said, "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."
Affleck and Garner turned heads after tying the knot in 2005 but somewhere along the way the two began having problems. Despite this, Affleck said they tried to make it work for the sake of their children, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9. And this is the time when The Accountant star says he turned to alcohol.
"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," he shared, adding that their marriage ultimately ended in a separation in 2018. "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 noted according to Page Six.
Affleck went on to explain that the media had the wrong idea about their break-up. "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," he said of his relationship with the 13 Going on 30 actress. "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."
Contrary to what many believe, their marriage did in fact end on good terms. "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," he shared. "I knew she was a good mom. I always hoped she knew I was a good dad. I knew I was."
He then went on to reflect on the moment when he hit rock bottom due to his addiction and how he got clean. "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 said. "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."
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