Ben Affleck's recent relapse wasn't caused by him supposedly striking out on a dating app. It's just a loathsome and absurd tabloid rumor. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.
Calling him a "lonely Lothario," the Globe takes aim at Affleck in its latest issue. The outlet alleges the actor has been a failure in the dating world, and, as a result, relapsed and got drunk at a Halloween party. According to anonymous "sources," Affleck was let down by the responses he got while using the celebrity dating app, Raya. "He was excited and raring to go when he joined," the alleged tipster says, "but then people started making fun of his profile, and his confidence plunged."
"The truth is that it's not going too well for him," the questionable source adds. The supposed goes on to say that although Affleck has had some success with the app, he's frustrated because many of the women he's met "don't want to talk about anything except Hollywood and how he can help them get in movies." This, coupled with people poking fun at his profile, is said to have caused Affleck to relapse.
It's true that Affleck was filmed looking inebriated at a Halloween party last month. The actor confirmed the incident the next day, when he told the paparazzi, "It's a slip, but I'm not going to let it derail me." For reasons unclear, however, the tabloid characterizes him as "unapologetic" about the situation.
This story is total bunk for a number of reasons. For one, Affleck actually embraced the news about him using the dating app, turning what some may mistake as embarrassing into an opportunity to raise money for his favorite charity. After reports emerged that he was using Raya, Affleck addressed the situation in an Instagram post. "Ha, you got me. I'm dating," he wrote, before asking followers to "be serious for a moment and talk about something that is actually important."
Affleck then tagged Raya, asking the dating app to match his donation to The Midnight Mission, a charity dedicated to helping the homeless of Los Angeles. If the actor was truly mortified at the idea of people learning he was on Raya, why would he immediately draw more attention to it? In reality, he's just one of hundreds of celebrities on the app, so it's not exactly a big deal if people are aware he's active.
As Affleck has mentioned multiple times, addiction is a lifelong disease that comes with its own unique struggles. To write off a relapse as a knee-jerk reaction to "embarrassment" is a blatant and cruel misunderstanding of addiction. After completing a treatment in a rehab facility last year, Affleck took to Instagram to share his thoughts. "Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle," he wrote. "Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family."
Recovery is a process, and that process can include some missteps. That being said, we're not the least bit surprised that the Globe ignored reality in favor of a ludicrous story. The outlet's sister publication, In Touch, falsely claimed last week that Affleck secretly relapsed prior to his slip on Halloween. That's not the case. The tabloids simply doesn't seem to care about the hardships that come with addiction and the strength it takes to go public with one's struggles.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.