Ben Affleck says he felt ‘trapped’ in his marriage to Jennifer Garner

“It’s part of why I started drinking,” Affleck told Stern. “Because I was trapped.”

The couple announced their breakup one day after their 10th anniversary and it took nearly two years before filing for divorce.

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.”

The Oscar-winning actor has been vocal about his struggle with alcoholism.

“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.

“Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner broke up in 2015 and she was seen pushing him into rehab in 2018,” One person tweeted. “Don’t blame her.”

CNN has reached out to Garner representatives for comment.


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