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Ben Affleck releases a public note for ex-wife Jennifer Garner

The actor opened up about his struggles in an interview with Diane Sawyer.
by Abhivyakti Seshanand | February 21, 2020 15:11 IST
Ben Affleck releases a public note for ex-wife Jennifer Garner

After the interview aired on "Good Morning America," Sawyer read a public letter from Affleck to Garner.
Sawyer read, “What I want to say publicly and privately is, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible, and a great mom and person.”
 
During the interview, Afflek said. “I didn’t want to get divorced, I didn’t want to be a divorced person, I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children,” he said. “It upset me because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was and that was so painful and so disappointing. In myself.”
 
Affleck confessed that he began drinking heavily at a young age and that his father was also an alcoholic. "I started to drink every day. I'd come home from work and drink until I passed out on the couch," he said.div>  The star went to rehab many times, most recently in 2018. He feels that at this point in his life, "I don't have any more room for failure of that kind."
 
Talking about his children, he said. "I have to be the man I want to be at this point.”
 
Garner and Affleck have three children together. Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 7.
 
"I really don't want my children to pay for my sins or to be afraid for me which is one of the hard parts of being the child of an alcoholic," Affleck said.
 
"If your child is suffering something that's a level of pain that is just not easily gotten past, not easily forgotten, not easily forgiven. It's hard. You're not going to avoid causing your kids pain, all pain, pain is part of life.” He continued. "I take some comfort in that I'm doing my very, very best and I hope that that is, you know, has to be good enough."
 
Affleck had spoken to the New York Times for his upcoming movie "The Way Back.”
 
"People with compulsive behavior, and I am one, have this kind of basic discomfort all the time that they’re trying to make go away,” Affleck told the outlet. “You’re trying to make yourself feel better with eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever. But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break." "That’s at least what happened to me,” he said.


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