Ben Affleck Reveals He Went to Rehab: Inside His Successes and Struggles

After skyrocketing to success as the co-writer and star of 1997’s Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck has reached Hollywood’s highest heights—and weathered his share of public breakups, box-office bombs and personal drama.

On Tuesday, he announced he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Sources told PEOPLE that while Affleck and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner aren’t back together, their divorce continues to be on hold for now after the two weathered recent strains.

“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,” Affleck wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Here’s a look back at the ups and downs of the Oscar winner’s life in the spotlight:

Becoming a Household Name

The Boston-reared star kicked off his career early as a child actor on PBS educational shows. His pre-fame days also included a gig in a 1989 Burger King commercial.

The actor then scored bit parts – often as a high school bully – in films including Dazed and Confused before befriending writer-director Kevin Smith on the set of 1995’s Mallrats. In 1997, Smith cast Affleck in his breakthrough lead role in the indie rom-com Chasing Amy.

That same year, the movie Affleck had been laboring on for five years with best friend Matt Damon finally hit theaters. Good Will Hunting was a smash hit and earned the duo an Oscar for best screenplay.

Looking for a ‘Healthier Road’

Affleck checked himself into rehab just before his 29th birthday in August of 2001. He received treatment at the popular Malibu alcohol rehabilitation center, Promises. 

His spokesman told PEOPLE at the time “Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol. He has chosen to seek out professional assistance, and is committed to traveling a healthier road with the support of his family, friends and fans.”

“I’ve been out with him a lot, and I’ve never once seen him get out of control,” said his Pearl Harbor and Armageddon director Michael Bay. 

Larry Aaronson, one of Affleck’s former high school teachers, added, “People were telling him, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ and he said, ‘You know what? I think I better go take care of it.’ “

The Bennifer Downfall

Health again and a certified leading man thanks to Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, Affleck began dating fellow superstar Jennifer Lopez in 2002. 

The high-profile couple, notoriously nicknamed Bennifer, dominated the spotlight. But the Sexiest Man Alive‘s relationship with J.Lo was not meant to be, and the pair called off their nuptials in a headline-making move a mere four days before their planned 2003 wedding.

While his personal life endured heavy media scrutiny, Affleck’s professional career also hit a rough patch. His first turn as a superhero, in 2003’s Daredevil, failed to impress critics, and Affleck later called it “the only movie I actually regret” in an interview with Playboy. That same year, Bennifer hit the big screen in Gigli, which was widely derided by critics and fans alike.

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Finding Love and Rebuilding a Career

Affleck took a couple of years off from acting following Daredevil and Gigli. During that time he married Garner, his Daredevil costar.

The star rebooted his career in 2007 with his much-lauded directorial debutGone Baby Gone.

In 2012, Affleck’s third feature as a director, Argo, was also a major success. Although Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director nomination, the film ended up winning Best Picture at the 2013 Oscars.

Affleck credited Garner with giving him the “foundation” to execute his career resurgence, including a well-reviewed role in 2014’s hit Gone Girl

“She is leaps and bounds the most important person to me in that respect. Over the past 10 years she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals,” Affleck said of his wife in 2013. By that time the couple had three children, Samuel, now 3, Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6.

Controversial Crusader

When it was announced that Affleck would portray Bruce Wayne in the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, comic book fans were not shy about their dismay with the casting decision.

Despite the mixed reviews, Batman v Superman raked in over $870 million at the box office.

Meanwhile, rumors swirled that Affleck’s affinity for gambling had put a strain on his marriage with Garner. The future Batman was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino amid reports of card counting.

Advocating by His Wife’s Side

By the beginning of 2015, it seemed Garner and Affleck had put their troubles behind them. The actress and daughter Violet proudly accompanied her husband to a Senate hearing where Affleck testified on his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, a development grant and advocacy nonprofit he co-founded in 2010.

While the parents spent periods apart, especially while Affleck worked on Batman v Superman, they were occasionally spotted together on Starbucks runs and school pick-up.

The Separation Announcement 

But in June 2015, the former couple announced their separation in a joint statement. 

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the couple told PEOPLE in a joint statement. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time.”

Yet in the months following their split, Garner and Affleck, both 44, continued to live together, vacation together and co-parent their kids — Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, almost 5 — while also stepping out for solo outings. In fact, shortly after announcing the separation, the entire family jetted off to the Bahamas to spend time together.

Still a Family

As the months went by following their split, Garner and Affleck continued to stick together with their kids — and a divorce filing was nowhere in sight.

The former couple reconvened for Affleck’s 43rd birthday in Atlanta, Georgia, where Garner was filming Miracles of Heaven. From Atlanta, the family traveled together to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

They spent Thanksgiving together with the kids in Los Angeles, and spent Christmas and Valentine’s Day as a family at their condo in Montana.

After celebrating Easter as a family in Los Angeles, Affleck and Garner spent a month in Europe with their kids while he filmed Justice League, including time in London and a family getaway to Paris. “She did have the best time in Europe with Ben and the kids,” a friend of Garner’s told PEOPLE. “She seemed to enjoy spending time with Ben again.”

Earlier this month, sources told PEOPLE that while the two aren’t back together, their divorce continues to be on hold for now after the two weathered recent strains

Returning for Help

On Tuesday, Affleck announced he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction, writing in a Facebook post,“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”

He continued, “I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”

This Is Us Creator on How the ‘Dangerous’ Season Finale ‘Changes Everything’


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There may be devastation. There could be a twist. There might be a heart-to-heart. There probably definitely will be tears. Whatever the case, tonight’s episode of This Is Us will bring the season to a close on some kind of emotional, provocative note.

Titled “Moonshadow,” the season 1 finale of the NBC family dramedy is “a very intense hour of television,” creator Dan Fogelman tells Entertainment Weekly. “It lives in a space we haven’t quite lived in before, and it’s a dangerous episode in that it makes me uncomfortable in the way you want to be uncomfortable if you’re doing my job. I’m excited for people to see it.”

The finale will focus primarily on Pearson patriarch and matriarch Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), picking up where the last episode left off, with an intoxicated Jack getting into a car, aiming to repair his cracked marriage. It also transports you to a much earlier time in their lives — the year 1972, before they met. “This is the episode where you get to see Jack and Rebecca before there ever was a Jack and Rebecca,” says Fogelman. “You see them in their much younger years as they’re figuring out what kind of lives they want for themselves. Jack has returned from Vietnam — he is in a bad living situation at home with his parents — Rebecca is embarking on a music career that is not exactly breaking her way, and they’re both trying to find their way through life. It’s the story of how they were doing at that stuff before they had each other to lean on.”

And for those fans who fastidiously follow the facial follicles of father Jack, this is the episode in which you experience him sans beard, mustache or goatee. “This was always the plan: In the final episode of the season, we would see Jack in a younger age than we’ve seen him before,” says Fogelman. “We knew the whole year was going to be a story about different forms of his facial hair and that the final episode of the season would reveal him clean-shaven for the first time … It was the first time we’d seen him all year without anything on his face. It was such a surprising shock, and we thought, ‘Oh, people are going to love this.’ ”

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It sounds like he thinks the same of a moment that will help close out the season. “There’s a scene at the end that I’d put up there with anything we’ve done this season,” he says. “I’m incredibly proud of Mandy and Milo as actors in the entire episode, but particularly this scene is just stunning. It’s going to get a lot of people talking, and it’s going to have a lot of people debating.”

Speaking of episode endings, you surely have a couple of burning questions rattling around your brain following the conclusion of last week’s installment. After audiences saw Kate (Chrissy Metz) confide in fiancé Toby (Chris Sullivan) that Jack’s death is her “fault,” late-’90s Jack called teenage Kate from a pay phone outside a bar before driving off, seemingly a little liquored up. Are the events related? Will we get some resolution in this area?

“ is going to answer some questions and make people ask some new ones, and change a lot of people’s perceptions about where they think the show is going,” says Fogelman. “Without giving much away, it changes everything — and maybe in ways people might be talking about, maybe in other ways.”

This Is Us‘ first season concludes Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

A New ‘Lovepup!’ Wonder Woman Star Gal Gadot Reflects on Impending Motherhood at Nine Months Pregnant

Baby’s almost here!

Gal Gadot shared a #nofiltermoment on Instagram on Tuesday, wearing a black Wonder Woman T-shirt while she palmed her growing baby bump.

The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star reflected on being nine months pregnant, writing, “Today I had a moment with myself when I was looking out the window at the beautiful clear blue sky and realized that I’m 9 months (!!!) pregnant and soon will have a new lovepup as an addition to our family.”

“Could not be more grateful to the universe,” she added. “Sending you guys some positive gratitude energies.”

The actress, 31, is currently gearing up for the premiere of the long-anticipated Wonder Woman film, which also stars Chris Pine and Robin Wright.

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This is Gadot’s second child with husband Yaron Versano. The two announced the pregnancy on Gadot’s Instagram account in November, writing, “So excited to share this wonder with you… #mommyforthesecondtime.”

Gadot and Versano welcomed their first child, daughter Alma, in 2011. The actress made a splash in January at the Golden Globes red carpet when she showed off her growing baby bump.

Donning a plunging black and silver gown, the expectant mom looked radiant on the red carpet.

“Thank you @muglerofficial and @tiffanyandco for making me ready to rock the red carpet #goldenglobes #redcarpet #fashion #fun,” she wrote on Instagram.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, premieres in theaters nationwide June 2.

Lisa Rinna Denies Having a Pill Problem in Heated Confrontation with RHOBH Costar Dorit Kemsley

In her three seasons on The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsLisa Rinna has exposed many of her personal problems to the cameras — including her loose lips, her hot tempter, and her recent bout with memory loss.

But the only problem the 53-year-old Melrose Place alum doesn’t have is a pill problem.

On Tuesday’s all new episode of the hit Bravo series, Rinna made it perfectly clear that she does not have a problem with drugs — despite the Ziploc bag of pills she carries in her purse and her admission that she has popped a Xanax into a smoothie in the past.

The statement of sobriety was made while confronting fellow Housewife Dorit Kemsley over comments Kemsley made to Erika Girardi, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump in Punta Mita.

“I’ve heard some things that maybe you took it as a problem,” Rinna told Kemsley, recalling the pills — which first appeared while the two visited Eden Sassoon‘s home earlier in the season. “I want to make sure you’re very clear that that was a joke.”

Kemsley was quick to declare her innocence, telling Rinna that if she ever mentioned her pills before, it was only in jest. “I will always be honest, and if you remember, we bonded over that moment and it really stayed with me,” Kemsley said. “And I’m sure I had the conversation and when I did, I would’ve said, ‘It was the funniest moment.’ I never insinuated that you’re a drug addict. I wouldn’t have said there might be a problem. I would have said it was the funniest moment.”

But when pressed about her source, Rinna played coy — first saying that she didn’t want to say who told her, and then saying that “nobody told me — it’s a sense that I’m getting.”

“It’s something that I got an idea of really myself,” Rinna explained. “It’s a sixth sense that I have. I’m the one who brought it up — nobody negated it, let’s put it that way.”

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She was lying, obviously, and admitted so to viewers later in the episode. “Of course I don’t have a sixth sense — are you kidding?” she said. “It doesn’t matter how I found out — what’s important here is that Dorit is talking behind my back. And for the record, I don’t have a problem with Xanax.”

All this wasn’t sitting well with Kemsley, though. “I really do feel like you need to tell me who told you that. I would like, at the very least, to confront the person,” she said. “You don’t say you’ve heard something very specific and then suddenly when asked who said that to you, said it was a sense. That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.”

Rinna remained silent though — and even used the “sixth sense” tactic later with Sassoon.

“I have sixth sense about me,” Rinna told her. “And I tend to spin on them — I think about them, they’re not always right. But there’s something that’s poking at me. So my sixth sense is someone taking what went down at your house and turning it into me being a drug addict or whatever. I have a problem, I have an issue — I know this group well enough.”

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Sassoon perfectly played into Rinna’s hand, confirming her suspicions. “I was asked,” Sassoon said. “Dorit came to me and asked if Lisa Rinna had a pill problem, and I said no.”

Actually, what Kemsley had said to Sassoon was about Rinna’s behavior, asking, “Do you think that it’s like, induced in some way?” And while that wasn’t outright asking if Rinna had a pill problem, it was enough to imply that she did — something Girardi explained to Kemsley later on in the episode.

“I do remember you saying that … and that maybe perhaps that’s why she reacts the way she does,” Girardi told Kemsley. “It implies that . You could say something like, ‘Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why that is the way she is.’ I don’t remember you saying that, but you kind of alluded to that.”

Kemsley didn’t agree. “You can’t put words in someone’s mouth,” she told Girardi, who quickly shot back, “I didn’t put words in anybody’s mouth. If you didn’t think that were part of the behavior, why bring it up?”

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That’s where Kemsley came up short, never being able to fully articulate why she had ever brought Rinna’s pills up in the first place. She just remained insistent that her motivation was never meant to be harmful.

“I did not say you had a drug problem,” she said. “I don’t remember saying, ‘Do you think Lisa has a problem with Xanax?’ Maybe I said, ‘Why, do you think she has a problem?’ Lisa, for crying out loud, I really don’t think I said that to Eden because I wasn’t really ever thinking in my mind that Lisa Rinna did have a pill problem.”

“I have nothing to hide, to gain — none of those things,” she continued. “I’m being 100 percent forthright. Nothing in Mexico was said that you have a problem. I never thought you did. And it’s just unfair. I just think it’s really unfair.”

Well… at least she “owned it?”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

Little Women LA’s Terra Jolé Reveals Why Healing from Surgery Was ‘Torture’ — and Admits DWTS ‘Put a Lot of Stress on My Family’

New mom of two and Little Women: LA star Terra Jolé made history as the first little person to compete on Dancing with the Stars last season, and now she’s back on Lifetime’s hit show and blogging about season 6 exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Jolé, 36, on Twitter!

It’s hard to start the episode and see my family drama right off the bat. Doing Dancing with the Stars was an honor, but it also put a lot of stress on my family. No one knows the half.

When it comes to Christy, it’s really crazy to see the chaos that she’s having to deal with and I honestly wish her good health.

Seeing Elena and Briana in the sex shop is a much-needed distraction from all the stress all of us are going through. They have me dying. The last thing that I want to think about is Briana’s sex life, but it’s nice to hear she’s working on her marriage. Question though … what is Matt doing?

And … another baby, Briana? Really? Girl, bye.

Anyway, Elena still having issues with me doesn’t make sense. The dance has ended, and I’m curious if our friendship has as well.

The new discovery of everyone finding out about my three hernias and my ripped diastases has people in a tizzy, but I followed all of my doctor’s orders and I feel like everyone just needs to relax.

Later in the episode, I’m not sure where Jasmine went to play race cars with her husband, but it’s so fun to watch. I’m in love! What a great date! I was really hoping that it softened Chris up because a mother-in-law moving in can be drama for anyone, no matter how much you love her. I adore my mother-in-law, but it would be a stressful situation with us under the same roof.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to see Elena be so negligent to our friendship. I would love to hear her care, but instead it feels like she’s trying to teach me a lesson. How am I supposed to learn a lesson if she won’t even discuss the details?

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But while she’s trying to figure out whether our friendship will ever be the same, I’m at home recovering from surgery. The procedure is done and man, I looked rough! I remember vividly just how horrible I felt and how grateful I was for Joe. He helped me so much through the surgery and made me realize again why I love him so much. Not being able to pick up your own children is torture, but we’re making it work.

Across town, Briana is still weighing her options when it comes to having another baby. Briana, you need another child like Matt needs another girlfriend. Harsh, but true. Fix your family before adding to your family. Just my personal opinion.

Anyhow, I love that Tonya and Briana came to support me after my surgery. They are such good friends and I’m grateful they showed love. I’m sad that Elena didn’t make it, and even emotional. I’m really not sure how we are going to work it out from here.

Next week’s episode looks amazing and filled with drama. Don’t miss it!

Little Women: LA airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.

Snoop Dogg Mocks Presidential Assassination (VIDEO)

Snoop Dogg takes a fake gun to a caricature of Donald Trump and shoots him in a music video. The rapper goes in hard on the prez in the vid for “Lavender” … depicting him as nothing but a clown who deserves to be chained up and assassinated…