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Ben Affleck lambasted for 'terrible insult' to ex-wife Jennifer Garner amid JLo romance

'Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped. I probably still would’ve been drinking,' Ben Affleck said about his marriage to Jennifer Garner
UPDATED DEC 15, 2021
Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner in 2011 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner in 2011 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

Actor Ben Affleck was brutally lambasted by fans on social media following his latest interview with Howard Stern, where he insulted and humiliated former wife Jennifer Garner. Affleck, who has currently reunited with his ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez, recently appeared on 'The Howard Stern Show' on SiriusXM. While opening up about his past struggle with alcoholism, he blatantly blamed ex-wife Jennifer Garner for driving him towards drinking.

"Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped. We probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats. I probably still would’ve been drinking,” Affleck shockingly said. His remarks drew a lot of flak from Garner's fans, who wasted no time in reminding Affleck that it was Garner who helped him with three years of rehab even after they were divorced. Garner and Affleck were married from 2005 to 2018 and share three children: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and 9-year-old Samuel.


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Ben Affleck made headlines earlier this year after he reunited with ex-flame Jennifer Lopez, shortly after the latter's split from Alex Rodriguez. They are believed to be going stronger than ever and also sparking rumors of a future wedding. The public response towards 'Bennifer' has been overwhelming, that is, until Ben Affleck decided to trash-talk Jennifer Garner in his latest 'tell-all' interview. 

Addressing his divorce, Affleck said, "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."

"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. 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 added. However, he did not stop here and continued, "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."

Though he insisted that his marriage with Garner ended amicably, fans were not convinced especially after how he blatantly blamed her for his addiction issues. "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. I knew she was a good mom. I always hoped she knew I was a good dad. I knew I was," the 'Batman vs Superman' actor said. Affleck also spoke about how his alcoholism badly impacted his relationship with his children, which needed a long time to heal. 

Meanwhile, fans lashed out at the actor for his "candid confessions" which directly pointed a finger at Jennifer Garner. "This Ben Affleck guy sounds like a loser alcoholic who was married to Jennifer Garner, a beautiful, talented woman who bore gorgeous children and totally had her sh*t together. Heard him guest on Bill Maher and he never could put 2 smart sentences together. He's totally ick!" an angry fan tweeted.

Another commented, "Ben Affleck said his unhappy marriage drove him to be an alcoholic. But he didn’t mention the he put his wife Jennifer Garner and their kids through like cheating on her with the kids nanny. What an a-hole! He was already an alcoholic and a gambler even before he got with her."

"Dude!?! Whether your love life problems were caused by you, your ex, or a combination of the two, Never ever ever blame the other person for your drinking. AA 101," another fan schooled Affleck on AA rules. 

A fourth fan noted, "Agree. Jennifer Garner seems like the kindest, most supportive person. @BenAffleck seems to be pinning his drinking on her. He just made me like him less. He doesn’t need to air these private & inappropriate thoughts. Plus he needs to take responsibility for his choice to drink."