Ben Affleck Opens Up About Alcoholism and Praises 'Wonderful' Ex-Wife Jennifer Garner
“Being an alcoholic, it’s part of my life, it’s something that I deal with,” said Affleck, 46. “It doesn’t have to subsume my whole identity and be everything but it is something that you have to work at.”
“I had a problem and I really want to address it and I take some pride in that,” he added. “It’s about yourself, your life, your family… we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them.”
“When somebody’s the mother of your kids, they’re going to be the most important central person in your life and that’s good,” said Affleck.
Affleck — whose divorce from Garner was finalized in November three years after they separated and about a month after he completed his most recent rehab stay for 40 days — was asked by Kotb how he views himself as a father.
“I hope I’m a pretty good dad,” he said. “I certainly try very hard. I’m lucky they got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure that we co-parent in as good a way as possible. 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 as in it as moms.”
“That’s really the central preoccupation in my life,” Affleck admitted. “The focus of my life is what I love doing. It’s what makes me happy, and the rest of the stuff kind of follows.”
In October, Affleck addressed his rehab stay, saying, “The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say.”
“It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others,” he wrote in the statement, posted to his Instagram. “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”
Weeks after the stars officially divorced, a friend of the former couple told PEOPLE about their side-by-side approach to raising their children.
“Jen and Ben continue to work together to make their parenting as seamless as possible,” the source said. “They really like to do things as a family, be it outings, church, cooking or watching movies.”
“They have both had some ups and downs this year, and they seem to be in a good place,” the friend added.
Triple Frontier will open in select theaters nationwide Wednesday and begin streaming on Netflix March 13.