In a new interview with the New York Times, actor Ben Affleck has reflected candidly on his divorce from Jennifer Garner. The pair were married for over a decade and share three children (Violet, Seraphina and Samuel). The actor's drinking led to the breakdown of their marriage, he said.
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“I drank relatively normally for a long time," he told the publication. "What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems.”
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce,” he continued. “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.”
“It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures—the relapses—and beat myself up,” he added, after taking a sharp breath and exhaling, per the Times. “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.”
Garner and Affleck's divorce was finalised in October 2018. Around that time, Affleck revealed he was in outpatient care after completing 40 days in treatment. Garner staged the final intervention in August that led to him getting help.