BEN Affleck has been slammed after saying he felt “trapped” in his marriage to Jennifer Garner and that it escalated his drinking.
The actor took a jab at his ex-wife during an interview with Howard Stern where he claimed the unhappy marriage contributed to his alcohol use.
The former couple were married for a decade before calling it quits in 2015.
Fans reacted in horror to Ben’s comments and slammed the Good Will Hunting star for blaming his ex for his drinking problem, saying he should take “responsibility” for his behaviour.
“You blame your ex wife for drinking? You were a drunk before you married her!” wrote one angry fan on Twitter.
“Speaking poorly about the mother of your children pretty much makes to [sic] a terrible father and a total d***head!”
And another added: “@BenAffleck sounds like your blaming your ex-wife for your drinking! Scumbag!”
A third Twitter user commented: “You’re a d***head. Even if that’s the case about unhappiness in your marriage why would you drag your ex through the mud publicly and seemingly blame that situation for your own self destructive choices.”
The Twitter reaction came after Ben spoke openly to Howard Stern about his drinking and marriage to the Alias star.
“Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped,” the Argo star told the radio host, referring to his relationship with the actress.
“I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ And what I did was [I] drank a bottle of scotch & fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution,” he added.
The pair share three children together: daughters, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, nine.
The 13 Going On 30 actress was not happy about her ex’s public admission as a source told In Touch that his words felt like a “slap in the face.”
“Jen isn’t particularly happy with Ben’s wording on the subject of why they divorced. He gave an interview saying he felt ‘trapped’ in the marriage, Jen wouldn’t have used that phrase or even opened up publicly like that. It was disrespectful,” said the insider.
Despite their break-up, Ben and Jennifer have remained very close friends.
On August 23, 2018, it was reported that Ben checked into rehab after an intervention from his former wife.
The Batman star then headed for a treatment center on August 22 after Jen went to his LA home and begged him to get help, TMZ reports.
Witnesses said Jen arrived with “a lawyer and a Bible” and they left together after talks at his $15 million mansion.
Jennifer has since moved on with businessman John Miller who she began dating in 2018, while Ben recently rekindled his relationship with past love Jennifer “JLo” Lopez.
Their relationship quickly became serious, and they were spotted touring multi-million dollar mansions in Los Angeles together.
JLo and Ben also explored an $85 million estate in Beverly Hills, California with enough space for their combined brood of five children.