Ben Affleck has been, to put it mildly, a mess lately. His relationship with Lindsay Shookus was in shambles, and his divorce from Jennifer Garner had dragged into its third year with no resolution.
Affleck was spending time with a Playboy model less than half his age and having cases of whiskey delivered to his house.
Well, something had to give, and Ben has returned to rehab after an intervention.
Ben Acts Out
For a while, it seemed like Ben might be getting his life back on track. He was dating an accomplished (and age-appropriate) woman. And—that massive back tattoo notwithstanding—he seemed to be healthier than he’d been in a long time.
The cracks started to show earlier this year, however, and came to a head over the last few weeks.
Couldn’t He Have At Least Texted?
Ben apparently decided that his relationship with Lindsay Shookus was over. Note that his reps never claimed that he actually broke up with her. Instead, it seems that he announced his breakup via getting photographed with 22-year-old model Shauna Sexton. Lindsay deleted her Instagram account the next day.
In her May Playboy profile, Shauna claimed that her favorite drink was whiskey. And despite claims that Ben has been focusing on his health and attending sobriety meetings, he was caught having whiskey delivered to his mansion. Was it for Shauna? Would they share it? It seems that Ben had fallen off the wagon again.
An unnamed source told Entertainment Tonight that Ben is still committed to getting sober. “Ben’s priorities remain his family and his sobriety,” the source said. “He continues to attend meetings and meditation classes for his well-being. You have to work at your sobriety every day and he does that.”
The actor has struggled with depression and alcohol addiction for most of his life. He completed rehab in 2001 and just over a year ago, in March 2017. At the time, he issued this statement: “I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do,” he continued. “This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”
Jennifer Garner Steps In
Ben Affleck’s estranged wife arrived at his home with a sober coach to stage an intervention. Apparently, he agreed that he needed help. Jennifer was visibly upset as she confronted her ex and “came outside shaking at one point,” according to an eyewitness. Before dropping him off at a Malibu facility, Jennifer drove through Jack in the Box—one of Ben’s favorite fast food places.
Despite Jennifer’s disappointment in his life choices, she was still there for him when he needed help. Jennifer was not impressed that he was hanging around a nude model young enough to be his daughter. “She is not surprised in the least bit by Ben’s choices and thinks it’s sad and pathetic. But it’s not her problem and it hasn’t been for a long time,” a source told E! News. “He’s a big boy and can take care of himself. Yes its disappointing, but it’s nothing new. This is what he does and has always done.”
Let’s hope that this time he gets the help he needs and can be there for his kids. Ben Affleck is reteaming with longtime pal Matt Damon for an upcoming film about the disgraced cop who stole millions from McDonald’s. Read more about that project here!