“It’s part of why I started drinking,” Affleck told Stern. “Because I was trapped.”
Affleck said he and Garner struggled to keep their family together. They are the parents of Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9.
“We got married and it didn’t work out, and it happens, with someone I love and respect, but I should no longer marry him,” he said. “In the end, we tried. We tried, we tried because we had kids.”
“I was like ‘I can’t leave’ because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?” Affleck said. “What I did was drink a bottle of scotch and sleep on the couch, which turns out not to be the answer.”
Some on social media took on Affleck for the task, in their opinion, to blame Garner for his addiction.
CNN has reached out to Garner representatives for comment.