Jennifer Garner Reacts to Ben Affleck Saying Their Divorce Is His ‘Biggest Regret’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Ben Affleck has opened up about his divorce from Jennifer Garner, calling their cut up the “biggest regret of my life.” In a candid interview with the New York Times, the actor talked concerning the position his habit to alcohol performed in ending his relationship with Garner, with whom he shares three kids. 

“I drank relatively normally for a long time,” the 47-year-old mentioned. “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.”

Affleck says he feels remorse, however not disgrace

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Ben Affleck| Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

In his dialog with reporter Brooks Barnes, Affleck defined that whereas he feels responsible concerning the breakdown of his marriage, he not feels disgrace. 

“Shame is really toxic,” he mentioned. “There is no positive byproduct of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing.”

In an interview with Good Morning America that aired Feb. 20, the Justice League star additionally mentioned he by no means anticipated his marriage would finish. 

“I never thought that I was gonna get divorced,” he mentioned. “I didn’t want to get divorced. I didn’t want to be a divorced person. I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children.”

Garner is ‘proud’ of Affleck, supply says 

So far, Garner, 47, hasn’t spoken publicly about Affleck’s interview. But a supply instructed In Touch Weekly that she “was surprised” by what he mentioned. 

The Peppermint actress “is touched by his honesty,” the insider mentioned. “She’s impressed he’s taken ownership of his mistakes and sees it as a sign that he’s made huge progress.”

“It’s been a long hard process, but he’s finally on the straight and narrow, and she’s proud of him for staying strong,” the supply added. 

Affleck and Garner started courting in 2004 and married in 2005. They separated in 2015 and finalized their divorce in 2018. Garner has been courting tech CEO John Miler for greater than a yr. Affleck has beforehand been linked to producer Lindsay Shookus. 

Garner and Affleck stay pleasant 

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in October 2019 | BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

While Garner and Affleck are not collectively, they seem to have a pleasant relationship that’s targeted on their kids, Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 7. They’ve been noticed attending their kids’s soccer matches collectively, attending church as a household, dropping their children off in school, and choosing out a Christmas tree.

However, it isn’t all clean crusing for the previous couple. After a 3rd journey to rehab in 2018, Affleck was sober for a yr. But he relapsed within the fall of 2019, an expertise he referred to as embarrassing.

“Relapse is embarrassing, obviously,” he instructed the New York Times. “I wish it didn’t happen. I really wish it wasn’t on the internet for my kids to see. Jen and I did our best to address it and be honest.”

Affleck mentioned that fairly than dwelling on the previous, he tries to give attention to the long run. 

“It’s not particularly healthy for me to obsess over the failures — the relapses — and beat myself up,” he mentioned. “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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