Ben Affleck says divorcing Jennifer Garner is the 'biggest regret of his life', blames his alcoholism for split

Affleck admitted that their split led him to drink constantly and before, drinking created marital problems

Ben Affleck says divorcing Jennifer Garner is the 'biggest regret of his life', blames his alcoholism for split
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have grown a lot through their relationship and recently, Affleck opened up about the bond that the two share despite their breakup. Garner and Affleck separated in 2015 and during this time, he struggled to stay positive and dealt with alcoholism which also impacted his career. 

Affleck confessed that one of the biggest regrets in his life is his divorce from Garner. "The biggest regret of my life is this divorce," he confessed. "Shame is really toxic. There is no positive byproduct of shame. It's just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing."

In his candid interview with The New York Times, Affleck admitted that their split led him to drink constantly. "What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart," he said. "This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems."

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To seek help, Affleck went to a rehabilitation center and hoped that things would be fine. Unfortunately, he had a clip up and a video surfaced of him being heavily intoxicated and taking support from to stand upright. The actor confessed that he did not like the man he saw in the video and decided to seek help again to be a better father for his children. 

Affleck recalled that drinking also influenced his decision to step away from playing 'Batman'. He revealed that he showed the script of the movie to someone and what they said impacted his decision. "'I think the script is good. I also think you'll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again'," he recalled. 

Affleck revealed that he is now focused on looking at things with a positive outlook. "It's not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures - the relapses - and beat myself up," he said. "I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you've got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward."

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