Ben Affleck is only worried about what his kids think of him.
Affleck, 49, spoke on his public perception in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, sharing how the way he’s been shown in the media didn’t bother him until his own children began viewing it.
“I got to a place where [the public perception] was so different from who I am that I just stopped reading and stopped caring,” he said. “But then, as my kids got older and started seeing the Internet themselves, that’s the difficult part.”
“Even the ‘Sad Affleck’ meme — that was funny to me. I mean, there’s nobody who hasn’t felt that way at a junket. But then my kids see it and I think, ‘Oh, are they going to think their dad is fundamentally sad or they have to worry about me?’ That’s really tough,” Affleck explained.
He shares daughters Violet Anne, 16, Seraphina Rose, 13, and son Samuel Garner, 9, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49, to whom he was married from 2005 to 2018.
Affleck shared with Good Morning America last month that his “life is better and I am happier the more I am around my kids.”
“We all want to pass on the best of ourselves to our children,” he said.
“I don’t care who you are, I’m quite sure you feel at some point in your life you’ve taken missteps, nobody wants to transfer that to our children and that is a real task that everybody faces, whatever those issues are.”
Previously, Affleck shared how he wants to make his kids a priority after working with a longtime friend and director of The Tender Bar, George Clooney, who helped him get enough time with his kids while filming their film.
“My life has really changed a lot. Once I had kids, it became very obvious to me that the priority was time with them,” Affleck said last month.
“George was spectacular in that way. He’s a dad too and would let me out on the weekends or cut me early. He really understood and appreciated how important it was for me to see my kids.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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