Ben back in re­hab

Star tells pals he needs more treat­ment to stay off booze

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - FROM HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor in LA

The 46-year-old dou­ble Os­car win­ner has told friends he be­lieves he needs sev­eral more months of treat­ment to stay sober.

A source close to the Pearl Har­bour ac­tor said: “He was go­ing to move out and be­come an out­pa­tient – but he’s checked back in. He will stay most nights in the clinic.”

Last week it was re­ported Af­fleck had agreed a di­vorce from wife Jen­nifer Gar­ner, the mum of his three chil­dren.

She has given him sup­port through­out his treat­ment. Af­fleck re­cently took to In­sta­gram to cel­e­brate com­plet­ing 40 days at an ad­dic­tion clinic.

But now he wants to step up his re­cov­ery for his chil­dren’s sake.

“This is not just a dis­ease you cure in one go,” an insider told us.

“Ben has and will al­ways be work­ing hard to get bet­ter. He wants to work, see his chil­dren and fo­cus on his re­cov­ery.”

RE­LA­TION­SHIP

Jus­tice League star Af­fleck is be­lieved to have cooled his re­la­tion­ship with 22-year-old Play­boy model Shauna Sexton, choos­ing in­stead to fo­cus on his re­cov­ery.

Ben and ex-wife Jen­nifer were pic­tured with their six-year-old son, Sa­muel in Los Angeles last week, a day af­ter a judge signed the fi­nal di­vorce pa­pers.

Doc­u­ments show the pair will share le­gal cus­tody of their three chil­dren, Vi­o­let, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Sa­muel.

They will have to con­sult with each an­other on all ma­jor de­ci­sions re­lat­ing to the young­sters’ health, ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare.

Af­fleck and ac­tress Gar­ner, 46, an­nounced their sepa­ra­tion in 2015 and filed for di­vorce last April.

Dep­site the split, the pair re­main close.

It was Jen­nifer who in­ter­vened to help her strug­gling ex, driv­ing him to a re­hab fa­cil­ity in Au­gust.

Ben agreed to seek treat­ment af­ter Jen­nifer begged him to get help dur­ing an emo­tional meet­ing at his Pa­cific Pal­isades home in Los Angeles. Wit­nesses said she ar­rived car­ry­ing a bi­ble and ac­com­pa­nied by a lawyer.

Speak­ing fur­ther about his treat­ment, Ben re­cently said: “I hope down the road I can of­fer an ex­am­ple to oth­ers who are strug­gling.”

Last night a spokesman for Ben de­clined to com­ment.

halina.watts@sun­daymir­ror.co.uk With ex-wife Gar­ner and son Sa­muel af­ter split fi­nalised

This is not a dis­ease you can cure in one go. He’s fo­cus­ing on his re­cov­ery SOURCE ON AF­FLECK’S RE­TURN TO RE­HAB CLINIC

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