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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The negative reaction to Stern’s interview ‘hurts my feelings,’ says Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck says the negative reaction to Stern's interview 'hurts my feelings

Key takeaways:

  • Affleck was chastised for his remarks about his marriage to Jennifer Garner and how their problems contributed to his alcoholism.

Ben Affleck is attempting to clear the air.

After giving an extensive interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, Affleck faced backlash for comments he made about his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner and how their problems contributed to his alcoholism, saying that if they hadn’t divorced in 2015, “I’d probably still be drinking.”

“It’s one of the reasons I started drinking,” Affleck told Stern. “Because I was suffocated.”

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On Wednesday, Affleck appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to clarify his remarks.

“I would never want my children to think I would ever say anything negative about their mother,” he told Kimmel.

Affleck and Garner have three children.

Affleck concluded that his words had been turned into “clickbait” after investigating why what he thought was an “honest” interview was causing such a stir.

“They to-hour conversation I had and made it appear as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I said,” he explained. “I had gone on to say how much we respected each other, cared about each other, cared about our children, prioritized them, and went through our belongings. And they claimed I blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism and that I was ‘trapped,’ portraying me as the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy.”

Ben Affleck says the negative reaction to Stern's interview 'hurts my feelings.'
Ben Affleck says the negative reaction to Stern’s interview ‘hurts my feelings.’ Image from NME

He continued, saying: “It isn’t true. That doesn’t sit well with me. It is opposed to who I am and what I believe.”

The “The Last Duel” star and Garner announced their split one day after their tenth anniversary, and it took nearly two years for them to file for divorce. Both have discussed their collaborative approach to co-parenting their children on numerous occasions.

When Kimmel pointed out that Affleck was agitated by the subject, he admitted, “It hurts my feelings, man.”

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