Ben Affleck says he centers his life around being a good dad for his three kids

By Ale Russian
March 04, 2019 02:04 PM
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Ben Affleck says his biggest preoccupation in life is being a good dad to his three kids with ex Jennifer Garner.

In a candid interview alongside his Triple Frontier costar Charlie Hunnam on Monday’s Today, Affleck opened up about his life as a dad and how thankful he is to have Garner, 46, as a co-parent for their children Samuel Garner, 7, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 10, and Violet Anne, 13.

“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.”

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 — continued to praise Garner when host Hoda Kotb pointed out how much love he seems to still have for her.

“Of course, she’s wonderful,” Affleck responded. “When somebody is the mother of your kids, they’re gonna be the most important, central person in your life, and that’s good.”

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The actor also got candid about his sobriety and how he’s proud of himself for being honest about his journey and getting help when he needed it.

“Being an alcoholic, it’s part of my life, it’s something that I deal with,” said Affleck. “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.”