It is about to be officially all over for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
Following many years of going back and forth over various details, the actor and the actress will finalize their divorce once Affleck leaves rehab in the near future.
But now a new question has arisen in regard to Affleck’s other long-term and serious relationship.
And that question is this:
Might is also all be over for Affleck and Matt Damon?!?
The stars have been close friends forever, having grown up in Boston many decades ago and risen to superstardom by writing Good Will Hunting and then starring side-by-side in the surprise hit.
They may have the best-known bromance in Hollywood.
But an insider now tells gossip columnist Rob Shuter that Damon has been distancing himself from Affleck of late, and it sounds like the latter’s struggles with alcoholism may be the reason why.
“Matt will always love Ben and thinks of him like a brother,” says this source, who explained “sometimes you have to step away to let people save themselves.”
It’s called tough love.
And we suppose one may be able to argue at this point that Affleck could use it, considering past alternatives have not really worked out.
On August 22, it was announced that Affleck has checked into rehab for the third time, having fallen hard off the wagon a few months ago.
Things had taken an especially dark turn for him in the days before this decision was made, however. Per a People Magazine source:
“Ben had been drinking alone for days.
“He was in bad shape. He had barely been eating and had not showered. It didn’t take much convincing. He wanted to go, and he cooperated.”
Multiple outlets have written that it was actually Garner who swooped in and convinced the father of her three kids that he needed professional assistance.
She staged a mini intervention for Affleck that may or may not have gone smoothly, depending on who you ask.
But while Garner has some self-interest in seeing Affleck get better, in the form of two daughters and a son they share, Damon sort of has his own thing going on at this juncture of his life.
The actor is “focused on his wife and his family” and “his partying days are long, long behind him,” says the aforemntioned source, explaining how he and his pal are just on different paths at the moment:
“Ben is still living in the fast lane.”
This is all personal news about Affleck.
On the professional front, questions are being raised over whether the star will remain the role of Batman once he gets out of rehab.
(And, to be clear, just when this will happen is unknown right now.)
According to a film industry expert who spoke to The Wrap, the issue of insurance may actually cause Warner Bros. to give Affleck the heave-ho.
“More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof,” says this insider, while an attorney in this field adds:
“He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film.”
This, of course, isn’t really relevant right now.
Affleck has far bigger things to worry about than playing Batman again, and not just because that Warner Bros. franchise sucks.
But because he has his health to be concerned about first.
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