Ben Affleck backtracks after seemingly blaming Jennifer Garner for his past drinking problems

Actor/director Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner speak onstage at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner at John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, 2013 Photo credit Getty Images


Ben Affleck has now clarified his words after suffering backlash for recent statements involving ex-wife Jennifer Garner.

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As E! News reported, while chatting about his past drinking problems in an interview, Affleck’s answer seemed to blame Garner and their three kids.

The quote that got the internet arrows flying was: “I’d probably still be drinking. It’s part of why I started drinking … because I was trapped. I was like ‘I can’t leave ’cause of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ What I did was drink a bottle of scotch and fall asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”

The usually affable Affleck, 49, was instantly excoriated across the net. It was an especially strange sentiment for him to dredge up since the actor has been constantly in the news lately, beaming about the re-ignition with his old flame Jennifer Lopez. In October, reports surfaced that the happy couple and Garner even went out trick or treating together with their kids.

Garner and Affleck wed in 2005 and split in June 2015. So it seemed like all that Affleck/Garner water was well under the bridge.

Even Lopez herself is reportedly mad about the statements.

On Wednesday, the Oscar winner ran to the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" couch for mea culpa time.

Affleck claimed his comments were taken out of context. "I had gone on and said how much we respect each other and cared about each other and cared about our kids and put them first and went through our stuff," Affleck pleaded. He then recognized that the quote “just made me out to be like the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy."

He seemed to be genuinely shaken by the response, considering before he saw the gripes across Twitter he thought the interview went well.

"That's not true. I don't believe that. It's the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe,” the “Tender Bar” star said in regards to blaming Garner for his issues. “I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their hurts my feelings."

Affleck wrapped up that portion of the Kimmel talk with, "We had a marriage that didn't work. This happens. She's somebody I love and respect, but to whom I shouldn't be married any longer."

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