The story of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner is a tale of love, struggles, and ultimately, the dissolution of a once-promising Hollywood romance. Their journey began on the set of “Pearl Harbor” in the summer of 2000, but it wasn’t until they were working together on “Daredevil” in 2002 that their mutual interest in each other truly blossomed.
Affleck and Garner’s relationship was one of the longest-lasting in Tinseltown, enduring for a decade before it came to a somber end. They first crossed paths on the set of “Pearl Harbor” in the summer of 2000. However, the sparks didn’t fly until they found themselves co-starring in “Daredevil” in 2002. At that time, both had other romantic partners; Garner was married to Scott Foley, while Affleck was in a high-profile relationship with Jennifer Lopez, culminating in an engagement announcement a few months later.
In March 2003, Garner and Foley announced their separation, setting the stage for a shift in her personal life. Simultaneously, Affleck and Lopez revealed in January 2004 that they had decided against tying the knot, signaling the end of their relationship. Later that year, Affleck and Garner made their first public appearance together, attending a baseball game.
Their relationship took a significant step when they tied the knot in a private ceremony in June 2005. Their first child, Violet, arrived in December of the same year, followed by Seraphina in 2009 and Samuel in 2012. However, despite their seemingly idyllic life together, the couple announced their separation in June 2015, ultimately finalizing their divorce in October 2018. But what led to the dissolution of this talented and seemingly inseparable duo?
In an interview with Howard Stern, Ben Affleck shed light on their breakup, describing it as “a marriage that didn’t work out, which happens, with someone I love and respect, but whom I should no longer be married to.” He candidly admitted, “In the end, we tried. We tried because we had children.”
Affleck elaborated, revealing the inner turmoil he faced: “I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy. What do I do?'” In response to his personal struggles, he turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms. “What I did was drink a bottle of whiskey and fall asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”
The actor and director’s battle with alcohol addiction became a public matter over the years, leading him to seek rehab on multiple occasions, including in 2001 and 2017, as he candidly shared in a Facebook post. In 2018, he once again entered a rehabilitation program.
As of December 2021, Affleck shared insights into his growth from past mistakes, reflecting on the lessons learned from his tumultuous journey. “There are a lot of things I wish my younger self understood. Honestly, some things I’m too self-conscious or shy to be really honest with everyone because they’re mostly mistakes,” he confessed. “The things I wish I had done differently, and they are rooted in that instinct of looking at my past and thinking, I wish I could have avoided this painful event. I wish I hadn’t caused someone else pain. I wish I had better understood the nature of what was difficult in life for me.”
The tragic tale of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner serves as a poignant reminder that even amidst success and love, life’s challenges can take a toll on even the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry. Their story is one of resilience, growth, and the quest for personal happiness amid the glare of the Hollywood spotlight.