Oscar winner Ben Affleck has been in and out of rehab three times over the past couple of years, and in a new interview his dad, Tim Affleck, says that Hollywood is to blame for his son’s addictions and failed marriage.
After the revelations, Affleck and his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner were spotted in what looked like an argument outside of their son Samuel’s basketball game. The couple split in June 2015, just shy of their tenth anniversary.
They have yet to finalize their divorce, despite Ben Affleck going public with Lindsay Shookus and Garner allegedly moving on with Josh Duhamel.
So, what were they arguing about – divorce, Shookus, or booze? No one will ever really know, but Affleck’s dad may have given them something to argue about.
With surprising candor, the elder Affleck called Hollywood a “disgusting” place that has been a major factor in his son’s struggle for sobriety and added that he was not a fan of the entertainment world. But it’s not just Ben; Tim also says that his son Casey has experienced the downside of success.
“You’re kind of forced to develop a persona that is hard to shed and go home to your family,” said Tim. “It affects your whole life. I think that’s one of the dangers of the film industry.”
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But Ben has laid part of the blame on his dad, saying that he watched him drink “all day, every day,” and Tim admitted that he might have had some influence on his son’s addiction problems.
Tim says that he watched his parents drink while growing up, so when he became an adult he thought “Why not?”
Ben’s dad is now 27 years sober, and he doesn’t take full responsibility for his son’s trials. He says that everyone has their own demons and baggage, and there are things in the entertainment industry that can cause people to be unhappy.
"Hollywood is a disgusting place. You're kind of forced to develop a persona that is hard to shed and go home to your family." https://t.co/e8TmcC1kBX
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Tim says he has spoken to Ben about his alcohol problem, and he understands what his son is going through. He says that his son is serious about getting sober and is working on getting the balanced life that he wants.
However, he does fear that Ben relies too much on women to help him get through life. He allegedly cheated on Garner, and now he is flaunting his relationship with Saturday Night Live producer Shookus, who friends claim Ben dated while still married to Garner.
Tim did defend both Ben and Casey against the sexual assault allegations leveled at them, saying that they are both kind men who treat women well.
Ben Affleck has not commented on his dad’s revelations.