About a year and a half after he completed a rehab stint for alcohol issues, Ben Affleck has checked back in yesterday. I’m probably not the only one who thinks this news feels like the inevitable bookend to the one that began last week with the words: “Ben dumps his girlfriend for a 22-year-old Playboy model.”
TMZ reports that Jennifer Garner staged an intervention for Ben yesterday. She went to his house and begged him to get help. Sources say that Ben didn’t need much convincing, and agreed that he needed to get his life back on track. Around 6pm, Jen drove Ben to an unknown rehab facility in Los Angeles County somewhere. They stopped at Ben’s current favorite drive-thru on his way there, Jack in the Box.
Ben reportedly checked into a rehab facility not long after the 2017 Oscars, where he stayed until mid-March. Things seemed to be good after his stay, but it obviously didn’t stick. It wasn’t long before Ben was seen buying booze. Then came the reports that Jen was waiting for Ben to get totally clean before signing off on their divorce. As of last week, we were watching Ben in a stained t-shirt go out to dinner with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton, which was followed by a goofy trip to Jack in the Box and an UsWeekly cover story about how Jen was cringing over her soon-to-be ex-husband’s questionable life choices.
People says that on Monday, Ben was seen receiving a booze delivery at his home. That was allegedly the final straw that made Jen intervene. People also points out that Shauna Sexton, Playboy’s May 2018 Playmate, told the magazine that she’s a “whiskey all day” kind of girl. Something tells me it’s maybe not a great sobriety strategy to date someone who is practically pouring Jim Beam on their Cheerios.
This is Ben’s third venture to rehab. In 2001, he spent some time at Promises in Malibu for alcohol issues. TMZ also says that Ben started drinking a while ago, and has progressively been getting worse. So a rehab visit sounds like it was necessary. It’s a good thing he’s going. But I just can’t help but feel a little bad for Jack in the Box. But I suppose if they can get over being “that place with the horse meat” and “that place with E. coli,” they can get over being “that place Ben Affleck was into when he hit bottom.”