Ben Affleck goes back to rehab after intervention by ex Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner visited the actor at his home on Wednesday, and was later seen driving him to a rehab facility in Malibu
Ben Affleck has reportedly agreed to go to rehab after his estranged wife Jennifer Garner staged an intervention for him.
According to TMZ, the 46-year-old Oscar-winner agreed to undergo professional treatment after Garner begged him to get help at his Pacific Palisades home on Wednesday. It was also reported that Ben didn't need the pleading, as he already knew that he needed help and was responsive to Garner's request.
A DailyMail report also states that witnesses said they had seen Garner arriving at his house, carrying a bible and accompanied by a lawyer. Later that day, around 6 pm an emotional Ben was seen leaving his house in a car with Garner at the wheels. The 'Gone Girl' actor then reportedly arrived at The Canyon live-in rehab facility, in Malibu, where he is said to have checked-in for an extended period of time.
TMZ later found out that the actor and his companion stopped at Jack in the Box en route to the rehab. It is said that Ben had actually fallen off the wagon a while ago, and had gotten progressively worse since then. Sources say that the tipping point came two days ago when a picture of Ben grabbing a box from a delivery man caught Garner's eye. Inside the box were bottles, a tall blue box, and a brown paper bag.
This is not the first time that Ben has been to rehab. He went there in 2001 for alcohol abuse, and also went back to rehab last December. He even posted a statement on his Facebook page back in 2017 regarding his alcohol addiction.
"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," his statement read. "I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step," he continued.
Garner had filed for divorce in April 2017, two years after they announced their split back in 2015. The former couple has still maintained a close relationship — partly for their 3 kids — and they are still not officially divorced. It is still unclear as to how or if this will affect the pair's divorce proceedings which have been in court for the past four years.
While Garner has helped take Ben to rehab, his new girlfriend Playboy Playmate Shauna Sexton can be seen whining about the attention she has been getting recently in a video on her Instagram page. The two were recently seen in Malibu last week where there were signs of excessive drinking and Ben's face looked blotchy and disheveled.