Ben Affleck wants to clarify his recent comments about alcoholism and his marriage with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, the 49-year-old actor addressed remarks he made on The Howard Stern Show, which included that he’d “probably still be drinking” if he stayed married to Garner, 49.
“I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom,” he told host Jimmy Kimmel. Affleck shares daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 12, plus son Samuel, 9, with Garner.
The actor said that he didn’t realize how his comments had been perceived until after it aired, claiming that some listeners had “taken the conversation” and “made it seem as if I was doing the exact opposite of what I said” by focusing on only one piece of their chat.
“I had gone on and said how much we respect each other and cared about each other and cared about our kids and put them first.” Affleck added that the part of the interview that gained attention “just made me out to be the worst, most insensitive, stupid awful guy”, he said.
He concluded, “That’s not true. It’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe.”