Ben Affleck was going through the time of his life. The Good Will Hunting star had recently married his love, Jennifer Lopez. The two tied the knot in a three-day ceremony, which was limited to friends and family only, at Affleck’s sprawling estate in Savannah, Georgia. And the two have looked close ever since. The star is also set to star in the adaptation of J. R. Moehringer’s The Tender Bar: A Memoir. Life is going good, isn’t it? But only if it were that simple. The Justice League star finds himself embroiled in a controversy. The reason? The vicious nature of the media.
Ben Affleck opens up about a tough phase of his life
Ben Affleck in an interview with Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show, opened up on his struggles with alcohol addiction, how he overcame it, and a little about his relationship with ex-wife Jennifer Garner. The interview was done to show the right path in times of crisis. Little did he know what trouble he would find himself in.
“I’d probably still be drinking. It’s part of why I started drinking … because I was trapped,” Affleck told Howard Stern. And this statement would be the root of the present predicament he finds himself in. He continued, “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 media interpreted his interview the wrong way
But that wasn’t all there was to the interview. He later added how the two ended things, and how amicable all of it was. He said, “We had a marriage that didn’t work, this happens, with somebody that I love and respect, but to whom I shouldn’t be married any longer. Ultimately, we tried. We tried, we tried because we had kids. Both of us felt like we don’t want this to be the model that our kids see of marriage.” They faced a lot for the sake of their kids.
Later, he was shocked to see the taglines that claimed he was trapped in the marriage, and how Jennifer Garner made Affleck an alcoholic. He had to clear the air. And that’s what he did on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Ben Affleck clears it all out: Claims made it look like he spoke something entirely different
To defend himself from the vicious media ruled by clickbaits, Ben Affleck said this on the show:
“I had a chance to interview with a friend of yours, Howard Stern. Because (Tender Bar) is about family and all this stuff that’s meaningful to me, we talked a lot about my family and … alcoholism and struggling with real things, and how you have to be accountable and loving, and how I work with my ex-wife, and how I’m so proud of the way that we work together for our kids and do the best that we can for them. The irony is I was really happy with it. I ended the interview, I thought, Wow, I should do more honest, exploratory, self-evaluating things. And then I started seeing all this stuff come up on Twitter.”
The toxicity with which these news sights resort in order to put “clickbait” headlines got to him. He said, “They had 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.”
He urged the media to draw a line. He said:
“Me, I’m happy to be sad Batman. I’m happy to be the Dunkin’ Donuts and the meme. I understand,” showing how he is okay at being at the end of a joke. But he further added, “Really, it’s about my kids I gotta just draw a line and be really clear. Like, that’s not true. I don’t believe that. It’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe, and I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom.”
Let’s see what effect his words will have. Considering that the Batman actor has now settled down with his past flame Jennifer Lopez, things have finally started to look good for the Academy Award winner.
Source: Harper’s Bazaar