The 49-year-old actor recently made the headline with shocking remarks on The Howard Stern Show, where he admitted he ‘probably still would’ve been drinking’ if he hadn’t separated from Garner, 49, in 2015. Speaking about his marriage to Garner, the actor told Howard, “We probably would’ve ended up at each other’s throats. I probably still would’ve been drinking.”
After the comment, Ben Affleck is getting backlash for ‘blaming’ his ex-wife Jennifer Garner for his past alcoholism which he recently claimed was a side effect of feeling ‘trapped’ in their decade-long marriage. And now it seems the backlash has pressurized him to take a step back.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Affleck complained that his comments about starting drinking while feeling ‘trapped’ in his marriage to Jennifer Garner were taken out of context and made him out to be “the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy.” The 49-year-old actor revealed that the interview with Howard Stern was, “really cool, like long-form, in-depth,” but he wasn’t ready for the following backlash.
Ben Affleck told Kimmel about his appearance on Stern, “We talked a lot about my family, you know, alcoholism, struggling with real things, how you have to be accountable and loving, how I work with my ex-wife, how I’m so proud of the way we work together for our kids, the best that we can for them. “I was thrilled.” He added, “I thought, ‘Wow, I should do more honest, exploratory, self-evaluating things.’ Then I start seeing all this stuff come up on Twitter. And I was like, what is this?”
Affleck added that he was furious that the media had reportedly twisted his words and made him appear as though he was criticizing his ex. “I saw one of these websites had done the click bate thing, ‘You won’t believe what he said, click on this, come to our site.’ I looked on it, and they had literally taken the conversation that I had had for two hours and made it seem as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I had said.”
“I had gone on, said how much we respected each other, cared about each other, cared about our kids, put them first. It said that I had blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism, that I was trapped in this marriage, just made me out to be the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy. It hurts my feelings.”