A short video of Ben Affleck, who has previously talked about his alcohol addiction, protesting to Jennifer Lopez that he hadn’t been drinking while they were at a party has gone viral on TikTok.
Lopez is accompanied by Affleck in the video, which was posted to the video-sharing platform on Sunday, at an afterparty for the January 18 Hollywood premiere of her latest movie Shotgun Wedding.
Lopez is seen holding a wine glass as Affleck yells over the music, “I didn’t drink anything, OK?” as Lopez’s hit song “Let’s Get Loud” plays in the background.
Lopez is then seen lifting the glass and keeping eye contact with Affleck as she cautiously tastes the drink before setting it down, while her husband shouts, “Jen!”
The video has been viewed over 1.5 million times on TikTok in the hours since it was posted, sparking a debate among users.
A number of TikTok users chastised Lopez, claiming she was being unsupportive of Affleck by drinking alcohol. Others claimed Lopez was merely tasting the drink to see if it contained any alcohol. Affleck, who has previously talked about his alcoholism, has been to rehab on several occasions.
Newsweek has reached out to Affleck and Lopez’s representatives for comment.
In August 2018, Affleck entered rehab for alcoholism after his ex-wife Jennifer Garner staged an intervention. Photos showed the two of them on their way to a treatment center in Malibu, California.
The star first checked into a rehab facility in 2001. He announced on Facebook in March 2017 that he had completed treatment once more.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”
The father of three then added: “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.”
Affleck drew criticism in December 2021 when he stated that feeling “trapped” in his ill-fated marriage to Garner was a factor in his drinking problem. The co-stars of Pearl Harbor and Daredevil married in 2005 and separated in 2015. In 2018, their divorce was finalized.
If they had stayed together, Affleck said, they “would have ended up at each other’s throats,” and he “would probably still be drinking.”
“That was part of why I started drinking alcohol, I was trapped,” he said. “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.”
In the past, the actor has been open about his battle with addiction, mentioning his father, who also struggled with alcoholism before becoming sober.
“Getting sober actually helped me be more forgiving and recognizing, ‘You know what? He had it f****** rough too,'” he said of his father, per Entertainment Tonight. “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.”