Ben Affleck’s ‘Biggest Regret’ About Jennifer Garner Marriage

Ben Affleck has opened up about the 'biggest regret' in his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner, who he separated from in 2015. 
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Ben Affleck has opened up about the ‘biggest regret’ in his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner, who he separated from in 2015. 

The Gone Girl actor told The New York Times in 2020 that he ‘certainly made mistakes’ when it came to his former wife.

He told the publication: “The biggest regret of my life is this divorce.

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“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 added: “I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward.”

Referring to his issues with alcohol, Affleck went on to say his marriage was ‘falling apart’.

He continued: “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.”

Affleck described it as a ‘vicious cycle’ that he couldn’t ‘break’.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the Hollywood actor had tied the knot with superstar Jennifer Lopez, who he dated prior to his relationship with Garner.

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TMZ claimed court records show that the couple had obtained a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada.

According to People magazine, they had a ‘small’ ceremony in Las Vegas.

Affleck’s new wife took to her blog, OnTheJLo, and wrote: “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.

“Exactly what we wanted. Last night we flew to Vegas, [and] stood in line for a licence with four other couples, all making the same journey to the wedding capital of the world. Behind us, two men held hands and held each other.

“In front of us, a young couple who made the three-hour drive from Victorville on their daughter’s second birthday—all of us wanting the same thing – for the world to recognise us as partners and to declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.