Ben Affleck slams marriage to ex Jennifer Garner saying he 'felt so trapped he drank himself to sleep' amid JLo romance
BEN Affleck opened up about his marriage to Jennifer Garner revealing that he felt "trapped" in the relationship, which escalated his drinking.
The former couple were married for a decade before calling it quits in 2015.
The actor took a jab at his ex-wife during an interview with Howard Stern where he claimed that the unhappy marriage contributed to his alcohol use.
“Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped,” the Argo star told the radio host, referring to his relationship with the actress.
“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 & fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution,” he added.
The pair share three children together: daughters, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, nine.
The 13 Going On 30 actress was not happy about her ex's public admission as a source told In Touch that his words felt like a "slap in the face."
“Jen isn’t particularly happy with Ben’s wording on the subject of why they divorced. He gave an interview saying he felt ‘trapped’ in the marriage, Jen wouldn’t have used that phrase or even opened up publicly like that. It was disrespectful,” said the insider.
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Despite their break-up, Ben and Jennifer have remained very close friends.
On August 23, 2018, it was reported that Ben checked into rehab after an intervention from his former wife.
The Batman star then headed for a treatment center on August 22 after Jen went to his LA home and begged him to get help, TMZ reports.
Witnesses said Jen arrived with "a lawyer and a Bible" and they left together after talks at his $15 million mansion.
Jennifer has since moved on with businessman John Miller who she began dating in 2018, while Ben recently rekindled his relationship with past love Jennifer "JLo" Lopez.
Ben, 49, and JLo, 52, spent Thanksgiving at her home with her twins Max and Emme, both 13, whom she shares with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
The Batman actor was also able to spend some time with his own kids along with his ex-wife over the holiday.
A source told PEOPLE their relationship is still going strong.
"They are doing really well. Jennifer loves being with Ben. She feels it's truly meant to be," the source confirmed.
Another added: the duo are looking forward to spending Christmas together with their families.
For Jennifer, Christmas is all about the kids," the source shared. "She makes it very special for them. She loves Christmas.
"This year, it will take some more planning since Ben wants to be with his kids too. They haven't made any specific holiday decisions yet and are still working it all out."
The Hustlers star and the Gone Baby Gone director rekindled their romance earlier this year more than 15 years after calling off their engagement.
Their relationship quickly became serious, and they were spotted touring multi-million dollar mansions in Los Angeles together.
JLo and Ben also explored an $85 million estate in Beverly Hills, California with enough space for their combined brood of five children.
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