A video of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez appearing to have a disagreement over alcohol has gone viral on TikTok.
The clip, which was shared on the video-sharing platform on Sunday, shows the couple at an afterparty for the Hollywood premiere of Lopez’s new movie “Shotgun Wedding.”
In the background, Lopez’s hit song “Let’s Get Loud” can be heard as she holds a wine glass, and Affleck yells, “I didn’t drink anything, OK?” Lopez then takes a sip from the glass and places it back down as her husband says, “Jen!”
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The video, which at the time of writing, has been viewed over 4.2 million times, has sparked a debate among TikTok users.
Some accused Lopez of being unsupportive of Affleck, who has been open about his struggles with alcoholism and has entered rehab on several occasions.
While others defended Lopez, claiming that she was tasting the drink to see if it contained any alcohol.
In March 2017, Affleck announced on Facebook that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction, writing, “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”
In December 2021, he spoke to Howard Stern about his alcohol addiction, saying, “That was part of why I started drinking alcohol, I was trapped. I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I am not happy. What do I do?’ What I did was drink a bottle of scotch on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”
Affleck has been open about his father’s struggle with alcoholism and how getting sober helped him develop empathy for others with similar struggles.
He said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, “Getting sober actually helped me be more forgiving and recognizing, ‘You know what? He had it f****** rough too.’
What happens when you get sober is you stand around and you see a lot of people and you develop empathy for [people] who have done the same f****** thing.”
The viral video has once again brought attention to the serious issue of addiction and the importance of supporting those who are struggling. As Affleck has said, “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.”
The actor said “the cure for addiction is suffering.”…”You suffer enough that something inside you goes, ‘I am done,'” he explained. “I am lucky because I hit that point… when I felt as if [my addiction] impacted [my kids]. I recognized it. It was the worst day of my life.
“I made amends. For a while, I thought it was temporary, ‘Maybe this feeling is going to go away.’ But since that day, I swear to Christ, I have not ever wanted to drink once.”