Ben Affleck Continues Addiction Treatment, Spends Christmas With Ex & Kids
This Christmas, estranged co-parents Ben Affleck and ex-wife Jennifer Garner reunited as a one big, happy-ish family.
According to People, the former couple placed their differences aside and celebrated the holiday along with their three children: Violet, 12, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5.
In March, Affleck explained to fans on social media that he had gone back to rehab for alcohol addiction. “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” Affleck wrote in a Facebook post. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. 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.”
As we know, recovery is a lifelong process, and Affleck is committed to his; he's reportedly been spotted at various treatment centers in LA this month.
In April 2015, Affleck and Garner called it quits one day after their 10th anniversary. A few weeks later, tabloid and gossip sites claimed Affleck had reportedly cheated on Garner with the family's nanny. However, as Garner explained in a 2016 Vanity Fair interview, “nannygate” had nothing to do with their separation. “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation,” Garner said.
Affleck and Garner officially filed for divorce in April 2017. Despite the drama, the couple has remained on amicable terms — and if this holiday reunion is any indication, it's clear they're putting their kids first.