Ben Affleck's physical and mental health has been the subject of many false tabloid stories. Gossip Cop has debunked many phony stories about the actor's well-being. Here are five wrong rumors on the topic.
In January of last year, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline for wrongly reporting that Affleck was facing "brain damage" after getting into a minor motorcycle crash. Although the movie star did take a tumble off his bike, he didn't sustain any injuries during the incident. That didn't stop the blog from contending Affleck could end up with "dangerous scarring or bleeding around the brain." However, the actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and there was no indication he even hit his head. A source close to Affleck assured us he was perfectly fine and time has proven that to be the case.
Around one week later, Gossip Cop called out the same website for falsely claiming Affleck had a "death wish" simply because he rides a motorcycle. A so-called "mental health expert," who's never treated the actor, speculated that he's a "self-destructive adrenaline junkie." In reality, Affleck has been riding a motorcycle for years without incident. A mutual pal of ours and the actor explained that last year's accident was the result of another driver not paying attention to the road.
In April 2018, Gossip Cop debunked a Naughty Gossip story about Affleck being "too big" to fit into his Batman suit. The blog maintained the actor had gained too much weight to continue playing his role as the Dark Knight, and would have to go on a strict diet or risk losing the part. Nothing about the premise was accurate. Although Affleck was eventually replaced by Robert Pattinson as the iconic superhero, physical fitness had nothing to do with the decision.
Affleck, whose weight has fluctuated over the years, previously told Men's Journal that he had to go through rigorous training to transform his body for 2016's Batman v. Superman. There was no reason to believe he wouldn't be able to do so again. Warner Bros. simply decided to take the DC franchise in a different direction. For what it's worth, the very buff Henry Cavill will no longer be portraying Superman either.
Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer last October for publishing a made-up a story about Affleck getting brain surgery in China to cure his alcohol addiction. The actor's own spokesperson laughed off the ridiculous premise. In reality, Affleck entered a conventional rehab facility last year to get treatment for his issues with substance abuse. He's been sober ever since.
And just last week, Gossip Cop called out RadarOnline for falsely claiming Affleck was "working out to the point of collapse." The outlet said the actor's friends were worried about his extreme weight-lifting routine, and believed he was exercising "to the point of exhaustion." The blog hid behind an anonymous "source" to sell it story, but Affleck's own rep dismissed it as nonsense.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.