FOR nearly a yr Bond magnificence Ana de Armas stored troubled Hollywood heart-throb Ben Affleck on the straight and slender.
The well being aware Cuban tamed her wild dwelling boyfriend, turning him from a heavy consuming wreck into a contented dwelling boy in the course of the pandemic.
Now the 32-year-old actress, who will seem within the subsequent 007 film No Time to Die, is the most recent in an extended line of Ben’s gone women.
Not like in lots of earlier relationships, although, Ben’s erratic behaviour doesn’t seem to have been the explanation behind the break-up.
As a substitute it’s his want to be father to his three kids with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
Whereas Ana needed to proceed globe-trotting, Ben wanted to remain in Los Angeles so he might be near his youngsters.
Beforehand 48-year-old Ben’s engagement to Jennifer Lopez ended following rumours that he bedded a stripper. Gwyneth Paltrow cut up with him as a result of he was ‘difficult’ and booze tore aside his marriage to Garner.
Oscar winner Ben, whose personal father battled alcoholism, has been to rehab thrice and admitted to having an addictive persona.
Shortly earlier than assembly Ana on the set of the film Deep Water in November 2019, the Batman actor was noticed struggling to walk properly on leaving a Halloween occasion.
And in 2018 Ben spent days dwelling it up with Playboy mannequin Shauna Sexton who was half his age.
However with Ana he did seem to have discovered some a lot wanted stability.
A supply near the couple stated: “Ben really wanted their relationship to work. Ana has a great energy.
“Ben was all the time very pleased when Ana was round. She likes to remain wholesome and impressed Ben to maintain staying wholesome too. It was very difficult.”
Love cut up
Insiders say there have been two problems which led to the couple’s ‘amicable’ parting of the methods.
One was Ben’s want to be in California as usually as doable in order that he can see his kids, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, eight.
Ben was all the time very pleased when Ana was round.
A buddy instructed Individuals journal
The opposite is that Ben has apparently dominated out ever being a father once more and Ana want to be a mum at some point.
In consequence it was Ana who put an finish to issues, with a source saying: “She broke it off. Ana does not wish to be Los Angeles primarily based and Ben clearly has to since his youngsters stay in Los Angeles.”
Pals hope the couple would possibly reconcile as a result of they have been so good for one another.
They definitely don’t need Ben to fall off the wagon like he has so usually throughout a rollercoaster profession.
Ben, who appeared in his first movie The Darkish Finish Of The Avenue on the age of seven, grew up in a troublesome family.
His actor father Tim was a heavy drinker who “wrecked his life badly” and didn’t sober up till Ben was aged 19.
Ben’s brother Casey struggled with alcoholism, his grandmother killed herself on the age of 46, an aunt was a heroin addict and an uncle took his life with a shotgun.
The star defined: “There’s quite a lot of alcoholism and psychological sickness in my household. The legacy of that’s fairly highly effective and generally onerous to shake.”
Fame, which brings with it entry to very large sums of cash and ladies, has exacerbated these points.
Ben first rose to worldwide consideration in 1998 when he gained a Finest Unique Screenplay Oscar for Good Will Looking, which he starred in together with his pal Matt Damon.
The identical yr he was relationship his Shakespeare In Love co-star Paltrow, however the actress stated she realised he wasn’t able to quiet down.
Discussing the explanations for his or her break-up, Gwyneth later stated: “Ben makes life robust for himself. He is obtained quite a lot of complication, and , he actually is a superb man.”
Shortly after they broke up for the second time in 2000 Ben had first spell in rehab.
Ben makes life robust for himself
He frightened that alcohol led him to lose management, admitting he’d realise “I didn’t wish to kiss that woman. I’ve nearly no inhibitions, so it’s harmful for me.”
Ben was not a ‘nice man’ when he was interviewed by Hilarie Burton on MTV’s Complete Request Dwell in 2003 or throughout his relationship with J.Lo.
Throughout his chat with Hilarie he groped the then 19-year-old presenter’s left breast off digital camera.
He obtained away with it on the time, however was compelled to apologise when it was introduced up in the course of the #metoo controversies in 2017.
Ben, a bona fide star at this level due to Armageddon and Pearl Harbour, fell in love with singer turned actress J-Lo in 2002 after they labored collectively on the a lot panned Gigli.
Their £2million marriage ceremony ceremony was referred to as off in 2003 when Nationwide Enquirer journal in the USA ran a narrative saying he’d slept with a lap dancer on the eve of their deliberate nuptials.
Ben insisted he’d merely visited the Canadian strip membership the place the lady labored on his stag night time.
By the next yr, the couple had damaged up and Ben discovered a brand new ardour in playing.
He gained £280,000 within the California State Poker Championship and took half in secret excessive stakes video games with fellow A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Pleased ever after?
All these issues gave the impression to be behind him when he walked down the aisle with level-headed Daredevil actress Jennifer in 2005.
Ben obtained his profession again on monitor, directing and starring in Argo, which gained the Finest Image Oscar in 2013 and taking the lead position within the hit Gone Lady.
The glow of redemption was short-lived together with his private life imploding two years later as he returned to playing and consuming.
Ben stated: “I drank comparatively usually for a very long time. What occurred was that I began consuming increasingly when my marriage was falling aside.
“This was 2015, 2016. My consuming, after all, created extra marital issues.”
The couple introduced their separation in 2015, though Ben initially continued to stay in a guesthouse at their dwelling so he might be near their kids.
In 2016 pictures revealed that he’d had a brightly colored phoenix tattooed on his again.
At first he claimed it was a short lived inking for a movie, but it surely was actually actual.
Ben has stated. “They get type of addictive, tattoos, after some time.”
His consuming spiralled so badly uncontrolled whereas enjoying Batman in Justice League a yr later that he knocked himself out with whisky.
The actor not too long ago admitted: “I drank alone in my front room and simply handed out with scotch.”
That self-destructive behaviour obtained so out of hand that ex Jennifer needed to step in.
In August 2018 Ben was noticed shopping for a crate of booze throughout a bender with mannequin Shauna Sexton, who he turned to after breaking apart from TV producer Lindsay Shookus.
Jennifer insisted that the daddy of her kids wanted to hunt skilled assist and drove him to his third spell in rehab.
The couple agreed to joint custody when their divorced was finalised in 2018, each agreeing that it was necessary to retain pleasant relations for the sake of the children.
After popping out of the clinic Ben performed an alcoholic basketball coach in a film referred to as The Method Again.
Speaking about his personal addictive behaviour Ben instructed The New York Times: “Individuals with compulsive behaviour, and I’m one, have this sort of primary discomfort on a regular basis that they’re making an attempt to make go away.
“You’re making an attempt to make your self really feel higher with consuming or consuming or intercourse or playing or procuring or no matter. However that finally ends up making your life worse.”
Solely when he grew near Knives Out star Ana on set in Louisiana did Ben really start to scrub up his act once more.
Within the whodunnit Deep Water he performs a rich man who permits his spouse, portrayed by Ana, to stray.
Their actual life romance was extra conventional.
Shortly after ending taking pictures Ben visited Cuba with Ana they usually have been usually noticed laughing heartily throughout walks in LA.
Her significance turned much more evident when Ben’s kids met Ana at his dwelling in Might.
Later, the children cheekily positioned a cardboard cut-out of the actress on their dad’s entrance garden in order that paparazzi had one thing to snap as an alternative of the love-birds.
But this week that life-sized image of Ana was dumped in the rubbish by someone working for Ben.
That moment symbolised the end to their year-long dalliance.
Whether it also signals his return to careless adventures is yet to be seen.