Ben Affleck out of rehab for alcohol abuse

Actor Ben Affleck separated from wife and actress Jennifer Garner in 2015, but is said to have called off the divorce earlier this month.
Actor Ben Affleck separated from wife and actress Jennifer Garner in 2015, but is said to have called off the divorce earlier this month.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LOS ANGELES • Actor Ben Affleck said on Tuesday that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction and wanted to "be the best father I can be".

Affleck, 44, said on his Facebook page that his treatment was the "first of many steps" towards his recovery. He specifically thanked his "co-parent", his wife Jennifer Garner, whom he separated from in 2015.

"I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction, something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," he wrote.

"I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step," he added.

He and Garner, who have three children together, announced plans to divorce in July 2015 after 10 years of marriage. Earlier this month, they were said to have called off the divorce. He will next be seen reprising the titular role in superhero movie The Batman.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'Ben Affleck out of rehab for alcohol abuse'. Print Edition | Subscribe