On paper, Ben Affleck looks like a great catch. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and smart, and has a successful career as an award-winning actor and director. Certainly he has attracted his share of equally attractive and successful women. But all is not as it appears. Ben has had a drinking problem for quite awhile that called for several visits to rehab. At times he can be surly and moody. What’s more, Ben is addicted to gambling in excess and has never totally been able to give THAT up, despite financial repercussions. Jennifer Garner has endured all of his addictions and we have to give her credit for never complaining. And she is trying to make the most of their co-parenting. Ben did ONE thing right – he married Jennifer. (Above, Ben, looking a bit puffy, took Seraphina to karate class.)
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Now you know exactly what was “eating” Johnny Depp. His divorce will reveal that his life is a shambles thanks to his alcohol abuse. When he was living in he South of France he developed a taste for wine in a big way. He even had his own winery. After his divorce from Vanessa Paradis, his drinking increased and he showed up at several events half out of his mind and looking bloated. His rock n’ roll buddies did nothing to discourage his substance abuse and his young bride Amber Heard probably didn’t realize the depth of his problem. She comes out of the messy divorce with a much higher career profile so it’s all good for her. We believe Amber’s claim that he roughed her up because alcoholics are not gentle. But we still love Johnny, and hope he can pull himself together with some help.
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Is Charlize Theron repeating her mother’s mistakes? When she was a young teenager in South Africa, Charlize’s alcoholic father came home drunk and angry one night and threatened the family. Charlize was watching when her mother Gerda shot him dead in self defense. Ironically, Sean Penn shares some of her father’s unpleasant traits. He’s a big drinker, and if you recall, he roughed up his then-wife Madonna during a Thanksgiving binge that ended their marriage. His second wife Robin Wright doesn’t have anything nice to say about him either. As for his TEMPER- he doesn’t keep that a secret. Many paparazzi are actually AFRAID of him. Hopefully Charlize will proceed with caution.
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We were waiting for the truth to come out about Kesha’s checking into rehab for an “eating disorder.” Absurd. She’s not too thin OR too fat, but she’s out of shape like a middle aged beer drinker. Drinking is her real problem. Kesha recently lamented that male rockers can celebrate their alcohol consumption but females are frowned upon. She and her boyfriend broke up last year and she’s been out and about partying hard ever since. Her mother even joins her on many occasions. Boozing is a big part of her songwriting and her wild reputation so it won’t be easy to give it up.
Now here’s a winning combination: Kiefer Sutherland and Jose Cuervo tequila. Yes, the liquor company has hired a functioning alcoholic as their spokesperson. (Never mind that Sutherland prefers J&B scotch with a Coca Cola chaser.) Kiefer has been a binge drinker for years and served 48 days in jail for multiple DUIs. Booze has lured the “24” actor into bar brawls, stripping in public, (click HERE to see the infamous pants-down photo) and assaulting Christmas trees in hotel lobbies. Kiefer, 46, survived with his career intact because he’s so darn likeable when he’s sober. And he never misses a day of work. Is it ethical for a liquor company to have an alcoholic spokesperson? Or is it a brilliant idea?
(The Cuervo ad above features the suave Kiefer, not the falling down drunk Kiefer.)
It’s about time. At long last the appalling woman known as “Tan Mom,” Patricia Krentcil, has been locked up in detox! She became a loudmouth public figure when she was accused of putting her then five year old daughter into a New Jersey tanning bed. It turned out that Krentcil’s REAL problem is alcohol. This woman has been capitalizing on her fame by making a huge fool of herself doing public appearances and incoherent interviews and nobody stops her. She has FIVE children from the ages of 5 to 19 that she is humiliating and no doubt neglecting. Her so-called husband has remained silent and allowed the circus to continue. This weekend she was intoxicated on a Delta flight in Minneapolis and cops took her to detox. Hopefully, social services will check on her children.
It’s sad to remember how promising Edward Furlong’s career once was- he was an appealing actor in 1998 when he starred in American History X. Alcoholism and drug addiction – not to mention smoking 3 packs a day – ravaged his once good looks. That and problems with the law and his marriage have sidelined his career and the movies he does go straight to DVD. Now 35, Edward was photographed leaving The Rainbow on Sunset Strip with a woman who looks like his estranged wife Rachael. She also resembles the late Jeff Conaway’s girlfriend.
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If there’s anyone you can count on for falling “off the wagon” spectacularly at regular intervals – it’s Keifer Sutherland. According to Mike Walker at the National Enquirer, the “24” actor got playful at the posh Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood after imbibing heavily at the bar. He started randomly grabbing puzzled people by the cheeks and pushing their faces into distorted shapes and then laughing hysterically at the goofy results. Eventually one irritated guy not only resisted, he threatened to punch Keifer in the face, and the giggling actor finally backed off.
The fact that his wife Alicia Etheridge was hospitalized after having a seizure doesn’t bode well for Bobby Brown’s recovery. Despite her hospitalization, Bobby performed that same night with The New Edition at a Florida resort. (He obviously wasn’t too worried.) Keep in mind, just a few days ago, he checked out of rehab himself after only three weeks of treatment. In spite of his apparent alcoholism (DUI included) Alicia married Bobby ten weeks ago. Since seizures often indicate substance abuse, it looks like Bobby has another problematic wife. His ex-wife Whitney Houston famously died from a drug overdose. People seem to keep marrying the same person, don’t they?
Can’t say we’re the LEAST bit surprised to hear that Bobby Brown checked into rehab. Remember he was arrested for DUI in March when he was stopped for driving while talking on his cell phone. A few months before that, we told you we got into a Beverly Hills elevator with Bobby, his then fiancée Alicia Etheridge, and their young son, (Bobby’s 6th child) and although it was only 12 noon, Bobby REEKED of alcohol. What DOES surprise us is the fact that his girlfriend Alicia MARRIED him anyway, two months ago. Why would anyone marry an apparent alcoholic? We’re surprised that she didn’t push him into rehab before the wedding. What’s wrong with these people? So far there are no details on where or how he is getting treatment.