The 44-year-old father of three broke the news with a heartfelt statement shared to social media, a strategy branding and reputation expert Eric Schiffer tells E! News was crucial to the longevity of a positive public image.
"Authenticity is embraced eternally by the public. Ben owned it," Schiffer shared, adding, "And he committed to stepping up. The continued bleed-out of his reputation stopped with his commitment."
Ben's message read in part, "I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. 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."