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Ben Affleck Finalizes Divorce From Jennifer Garner … From Rehab

As you’ve likely heard by now, Ben Affleck is back in rehab to receive further treatment for the alcohol addiction that’s plagued him throughout his adult life.

Interestingly, the decision to seek further help was prompted by Ben’s estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, who staged an intervention with the help of a professional sobriety coach.

Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck

Though Ben is set to remain in treatment for at least the next 30 days, major developments have taken place in his life in the meantime.

E! News is reporting today that Affleck and Garner have finally finalized their divorce more than two years after they separated.

The timing, of course, is no coincidence.

Jen has been hoping to work out a mutually amicable custody agreement for years.

She held off on taking Ben to court until she felt he could be trusted to properly care for his kids.

Yes, Jen put her kids’ relationship with their dad above whatever selfish impulses she may have felt.

Despite allegations that Affleck cheated on her and was generally not the greatest partner, Jen knew that if she went nuclear, it would mean essentially taking her kids away from their father.

And so, even when Ben wasn’t willing to put work into his sobriety, Jen was.

It’s official folks — no one is allowed to make a joke at Jennifer Garner’s expense ever again, no matter how many cheesy crossover Capital One ads she stars in alongside Captain Obvious from Hotels.com.

As for Ben’s treatment, there’s no way of knowing how he’s progressed during the notoriously difficult first week, but those who know the actor best say that he checked in with every intention of getting sober.

“Ben was doing well for the last few months and very committed to his sobriety,” said one source when discussing Affleck’s latest relapse.

“But recently he started to slip up and began drinking again.”

The source revealed that Ben’s fall from the wagon was the result of many things, including an influx of downtime and his recent breakup with Lindsay Shookus.

But the biggest factor was Ben’s relationship with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model with a penchant for hard partying.

“He wrapped his movie and had some downtime,” the source claimed.

“This week, he was heavily drinking alone at home and with the Playboy model.”

We wish Ben all the best with his treatment — and we applaud Jen for her commitment to her kids’ happiness.

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Ben Affleck Intervention: Why Did Jennifer Garner Need a Bodyguard?

As you may have heard, Ben Affleck has checked into rehab to seek help for his ongoing issues with alcohol.

It’s the third time that the actor has sought treatment at an in-patient facility, and this time, he reportedly did so at the behest of his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner.

Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck

Insiders close to the situation say Garner was eventually able to usher Ben to the realization that he needs to get sober for the sake of his three children.

But apparently, it was not easy getting him to that point.

In the days leading up to Wednesday’s intervention, Affleck was spending time with Shauna Sexton, a Playboy model who has made no secret of her love of booze.

In interviews, Sexton has been effusive in her praise for whiskey, which would be perfectly fine — she’s young, and we have no reason to believe she has an issue with addiction — were it not for the fact that she’s dating an alcoholic.

Shortly after news of Affleck and Sexton’s relationship went public, Ben was spotted paying for a delivery from a liquor store near his home,

Sources close to the Oscar winner assured the press that the alcohol was for Shauna and friend, and Ben would not be partaking.

Still, the sight of a recovering drunk shouldering a box full of booze understandably raised some red flags for those who were already concerned for Ben.

The mother of Ben’s children was so upset by the reports of his relapse that she decided to stage an emergency intervention

“Garner was very emotional but decided to take the situation into her own hands,” an insider tells Entertainment Tonight.

The source adds that Garner “looked distraught” as she arrived at Ben’s home on Wednesday afternoon.

At one point, Garner left the residence and returned with a bodyguard, leading many to the conclusion that Ben became irate, possibly while intoxicated.

She later appeared frustrated and exhausted while making a stop at a nearby Jack In the Box drive-thru before driving Ben to the rehab facility.

“Jen is proud of the strides he’s made, but some of his friends were worried he might be taking some steps backward and could be on a slippery slope,” the source says.

“Ben wants nothing more than to get sober for his kids, for Jen and also for his career.”

For his part, Ben reportedly “realizes the dangers of what he could lose in life if he doesn’t stick to the program, and dedicate himself to these big changes.”

“Sadly, he also seemed to be putting himself in some unhealthy situations for someone who has plans to sustain a sober life,” the insider continues.

“Ben was back to staying out late and hanging with his old crowd.”

The tipster claims Jen had real reason to be concerned:

“Just the other night he was out late with a group of old friends and lots of women, all who were partying up a storm,” the source says.

“It’s truly worrisome for those who have seen him fall off the wagon in the past. The bottom line is he was going out again and hanging with drinkers, and it seems to have all happened too quickly.”

The insider says those closest to Ben became particularly concerned after his recent breakup with Lindsay Shookus, due to the fact that the SNL producer had been a stabilizing influence in his life.

“Lindsay was a huge support to Ben and he was doing really well. She truly helped him with his sobriety and Jen loved that he had a steady situation,” the source claims.

“Lindsay thought they had a future together, and she was a positive influence on him, but he felt tied down.”

Garner reportedly feels that this may be Ben’s last chance to kick his habit if he wants to continue to have a relationship with his children.

She’s reportedly held off on finalizing her divorce from Ben in hopes that he’ll get and stay sober so that an amicable custody deal can be arranged.

Another incentive may be the fact that Garner’s career is on the upswing, and she can no longer afford that negative press attention that her ex’s hard-partying lifestyle attracts.

We’ll have further updates on Ben’s latest struggle with sobriety as more information becomes available.

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Jennifer Garner: PISSED Ben Affleck Is Dating a Playboy Model!

Earlier this week, the world learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up after just over a year of dating.

Given the fact that the couple went to great pains to keep their relationship as private as possible, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there was no official statement confirming the split.

Ben and Shookus

What is surprising, however, is the fact that Ben moved on within days of the breakup.

Yes, these days, Affleck is dating Playboy model Shauna Sexton.

Aside from drunkenly posting all-caps rage comments on an article suggesting that it’s time for Tom Brady to retire, dumping a successful career woman who’s at least close to his age in favor of a 22-year-old centerfold is the most Ben Affleck thing Ben Affleck has ever done.

Those who know him best probably aren’t shocked by the decision — but that doesn’t mean they like it.

According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner has been quite vocal about her distaste for Ben’s new relationship.

A source close to the situation tells the tabloid that it’s not a matter of jealousy — rather it’s the fact that Jen desperately wants her three children to have a relationship with their father, but she feels she can’t trust Affleck when he’s spending his time with hard-partying college-aged women.

“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve,” says the insider.

“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.”

The source goes on to claim that while Ben’s reckless rebound behavior was not unexpected, Jen had hoped for a shred of maturity from her ex.

“Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model,” the insider adds.

“But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”

And this isn’t a case of Jen being skeptical of Shauna simply because of her age or profession.

You see, Affleck is still newly sober, and Shauna is, well … not.

Her Playboy bio she reveals that she loves whiskey, and Ben was recently spotted carrying a case of the hard stuff into his home.

Sources close to the actor swear the booze was for Shauna, but members of his inner circle are still concerned.

Even if Ben is still off the sauce, taking up with a hard-drinking girlfriend half his age doesn’t exactly improve his chances of staying sober.

Here’s hoping Ben will slow things down a bit before he spirals out of control once again.

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