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Ben Affleck is opening up about his alcoholism, sobriety and divorce

In some new interviews, the Oscar-winning director/actor/writer gets candid about his history of addiction

Ben Affleck attends the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International, on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.
Ben Affleck attends the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International, on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.
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A year ago, Ben Affleck announced he would not longer be portraying the role of Gotham City’s favorite superhero for the 2021 release of “The Batman.”

While many have speculated why he gave up on one of Hollywood’s most lucrative characters, Affleck has now revealed he left the franchise due to his struggle with alcoholism.

When Affleck was considering the role, a concerned friend told him they believed Affleck would drink himself to death if he did it, leading him to pull out of the series.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Affleck revealed he began drinking at a young age and had completed multiple stints of rehab in 2001, 2017 and 2018, and recently relapsed again just after achieving one year of sobriety.

Alcoholism runs deep in Affleck’s family. His grandparents, father and brother all suffered from alcoholism, Vanity Fair reports.

In a recent interview with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America,” Affleck said his biggest regret is the impact his alcoholism had on his marriage to ex-wife Jennifer Garner, Fox News reports.

Now, Affleck said he is committed to sobriety for the sake of he and Garner’s three children. In the “Good Morning America” interview, Affleck shared that sobriety is helping him experience the joy of being a parent, and thanked Garner for being “a great mom and person.”

Coming full circle, Affleck can be seen in March in “The Way Back,” a film about a man overcoming the effects of substance abuse, which The New York Times reports mirrored the actor’s struggles so closely it caused him to have a “total breakdown” on set.