Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were always counted amongst Hollywood’s A-list power couples, so when the couple ended their 10-years-long marriage in 2015 it came as a shock to the world. And today, almost 2 years after separating from Garner, Ben Affleck has confessed that his divorce from her is “the biggest regret” of his life.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ben Affleck grew candid about his life choices and remarked upon the cause of his deteriorating relation with Jennifer Garner back then, admitting that it was all his fault.
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce,” Affleck told The Times. “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.”
Any hardcore Affleck and Garner shipper knows that the much-loved Hollywood couple got married in 2005, after just a year of dating and were adored for their PDAs, especially Ben Affleck. But come 2015 and the couple announced that they had separated, with their divorce being finalized three years later, in 2018, ending their marriage.
It is a known fact that Ben Affleck has long battled alcoholism and had been to the rehab multiple times, with a particularly publicized relapse last year when he was pictured inebriated in West Hollywood, California. In the interview, Affleck revealed that he has always been a person “with compulsive behavior” having a “kind of basic discomfort all the time” and the only way to get rid of it, according to him, was by “eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever. But that ends up making your life worse.”
“Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me,” he shared.
It was his worsening control over his addiction that sabotaged his marriage to Jennifer Garner. “I drank relatively normally for a long time,” Ben Affleck said. “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.”
But despite his guilt, Affleck accepts that instead of obsessing “over the failures”, one has to “learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward.