Following his 40-day trip to rehab, Ben Affleck is ready to open up about his struggle with alcoholism, coparenting with Jennifer Garner, and being the best dad possible.
The actor opened up about the disease, four months after his stint in rehab, to Hoda Kotb on Monday morning alongside Triple Frontier costar Charlie Hunnam:
“It’s a part of my life. It’s something I deal with. It doesn’t have to sort of consume my whole identity and be everything, but it is something that, you know, you have to look at. I feel like I had a problem and I really wanted to address it and I take some pride in that… It’s about yourself, your life, your family. [As] people we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them.”
He also gushed about his ex-wife, with whom he shares three children:
“She’s wonderful. Somebody’s the mother of your kids they’re gonna be the most important, central person in your life and that’s good. I’m lucky they got a great mom and she helps out a great deal with making sure we co-parent in as good a way as possible.”
And talked about his own parenting, too:
“I certainly try pretty hard. Dads are so important to kids and it’s our responsibility to be there for them; to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be in it just as much as moms. That’s really the central preoccupation of my life. The focus of my life. It’s what I love doing. It makes me happy. The rest of the stuff kind of follows.”
He didn’t spill anything about his on-again-off-again relationship with Lindsay Shookus, but as we recently reported, things are reportedly back on between the two!
Glad you’re doing better, Ben!
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