Ben Affleck claims he began drinking because he was trapped in his marriage to Jennifer Garner

During his marriage to Jennifer Garner, with whom he has three children, Ben Affleck admitted to struggling with drinking.

Ben Affleck, 49, who is now back with former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, said he felt trapped in his marriage with Jennifer Garner during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show on Monday.

Jennifer Garner

Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, are the children of the former couple, according to People.

“I’d most likely continue to consume alcohol. It’s one of the reasons I began drinking… I felt trapped “The director of ‘Argo’ admitted to Howard Stern that he and his 49-year-old wife, Jennifer Garner, were unhappy in their marriage. “‘I can’t leave because of my children, but I’m unhappy, what should I do?’ I said. I drank a bottle of scotch and dozed off on the couch, which proved to be ineffective.”

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Affleck has been in and out of rehab for alcoholism several times, including in 2001, 2017, and 2018, when he and Garner divorced.

The ‘Gone Girl’ star, who married Garner in 2005 and later divorced in 2015, also revealed that he and Garner tried everything they could to save their marriage but it didn’t work out.

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“We took our time, made our decision, and grew apart,” Affleck explained.

“We had a failed marriage, which happens from time to time, with someone I love and respect but with whom I should no longer be married. We tried in the end. Because we had children, we tried our hardest. We both felt that this should not be the model of marriage that our children see.”

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After calling off their engagement in 2004, Affleck and Lopez have rekindled their romance.

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