In an interview, he said that his addiction took over and slowly their relationship changed from being loving partners to those fighting a battle against substance abuse
More often than not, we see celebrities as people who have no regrets, especially when it comes to love. Ben Affleck however has been very open about how much he regrets letting Jennifer Garner slip through his fingers. When the ex-couple married, they were the talk of the town. They seemed to be madly in love with each other and had a perfect little family complete with beautiful children. This is probably why it came as a shock to many when they announced their separation and subsequent divorce after 10 solid years of being together.
The couple in a joint statement said at the time, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding," according to the US weekly.
Despite their amicable split, Affleck seems to still have his regrets. He revealed how divorcing Garner was his "biggest regret" of his life while promoting his new movie, The Way Back. He went on to explain how the role of the high school basketball coach and his struggles are very similar to his own. The character struggles to keep his life together while fighting an alcohol addiction and coping with a failed marriage. In an interview to the New York Times, he said, “the biggest regret of my life is this [his and Garner's] divorce. 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.” He admitted that his addiction took over and slowly their relationship changed from being loving partners to those fighting a battle against substance abuse.
“I drank relatively normally for a long time, 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," he explained. Despite the couple going their different ways, Garner continued to support the father of her three children through his problems and managed to keep up a united front for their kids' sake. She was even with him while he was in rehab, and when asked why she explained, “It was a real marriage. It wasn’t for the cameras. And it was a huge priority for me to stay in it. And that did not work," according to Vanity Fair.
"Jen wanted to give Ben the time and opportunity to work on his health and sobriety … she isn’t in a rush. Jen just isn’t willing to settle the custody issues until she’s 100 per cent certain that he’s clean. She’ll wait for him to prove he is taking it very seriously," a source told US Weekly, "He is very appreciative of Jen being so supportive and giving him a chance to get better, She has always been there for him and continues to be," another source added. Both have since moved on and Affleck has found love again with actress Ana de Armas. An insider revealed to the US weekly that Affleck and Garner are working hard to find a co-parenting routine that works well for both as well as the kids, “although it’s sad in a way to see him move on and be so happy, she is ultimately happy that he is happy and in a good and healthy place with his life," they said.