Ben Affleck Opens Up About Divorce, Addiction and His Kids

Ben Affleck is getting real about his past in a tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer.

The Oscar-winning-actor sat down with Sawyer on GMA and talked candidly about his addiction to alcohol, saying that he doesn’t want his kids to pay for his issues.

“For me seeing my dad was just, he was drunk every day and that was just life. And then as that got worse, that was really, really painful. And I always said, ‘That’ll never be me. I’m never gonna do that.’ I really don’t want my children to pay for my sins. Or to be afraid for me, which is one of that hard parts of being the child of an alcoholic. You think, ‘What if my dad gets drunk? What if he does something stupid? What if he ends up on TMZ, and it’s on my newsfeed and other kids see it?'”

He also opened up about the demise of his marriage to Jennifer Garner and the effect it would have on his kids.

“I never thought that I was gonna get divorced. I didn’t want to get divorced. I didn’t want to be a divorced person. I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children. And it upset me because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was. And that was so painful and so disappointing in myself.”

At the end of the interview, Sawyer read a note that Affleck wrote to his ex-wife, “What I want to say publicly and privately is, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible and a great mom and person.'”