WATCH: Ben Affleck Opens Up About ‘Painful’ Divorce, Struggles With Alcoholism, and How He Doesn’t Want His Children to ‘Pay for My Sins’


    An emotional Ben Affleck appeared in a Good Morning America interview on Thursday to continue his public redemption tour after opening up in a rare interview earlier this week about his battles with alcoholism and his divorce.

    The star sat down with Diane Sawyer for a two-part interview, the first of which was aired on Thursday.

    He talked candidly about how ‘painful’ his alcoholism was and how he wanted to avoid making the same mistakes his alcoholic father made.

    ‘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,’ he said.

    He did not mention his ex-wife Jennifer Garner by name, but reflected on their divorce saying: ‘It’s very painful… divorce is very painful and alcoholism is very painful. They just are.

    ‘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.

    ‘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.

    .@GMA EXCLUSIVE: “I really don’t want my children to pay for my sins.” @BenAffleck opens up to @dianesawyer about his sobriety battle and how his dad’s addiction to alcohol taught him “how important it is for me to be sober.”

    — Good Morning America (@GMA) February 20, 2020

    ‘It has to be. I don’t really have a choice. I have to be the man I want to be at this point, I don’t have any more room for failure of that kind.’

    Affleck, 47, spoke openly earlier this week in an interview published by The New York Times about his divorce from Garner.

    The pair married in 2005 and separated in 2015 amid speculation he had been having an affair with their nanny. They divorced three years later.

    They have three children together; Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11 and Samuel, seven.

    Affleck calls the divorce the ‘biggest regret’ of his life.

    In his Good Morning America interview, he said it was also the hardest thing for him to accept about himself.

    ‘I’d never thought I was going to get divorced. I never wanted to get divorced, I never thought I was going to be a divorced person.

    ‘I REALLY didn’t want to be a split family with my children.

    SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jennifer Smith

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