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Ben Affleck admits he HESITATED over rekindling romance with Jennifer Lopez

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Ben Affleck admits he HESITATED over rekindling romance with Jennifer Lopez as he talks about importance of staying sober to Howard Stern










Ben Affleck has admitted that he hesitated over rekindling his relationship with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, due to all the intense interest there is in the celebrity couple.

Famously dubbed ‘Bennifer’ both Ben, 49, and Jen, 52, understandably cause quite the stir when they are together, but the actor confessed he thought twice about the romance due to the affect it could have on his children.

Asked if he had doubts about going there again with J-Lo, Ben told Howard Stern on Tuesday: ‘It crossed my mind for sure. My responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility. I don’t want to do anything that is painful or destructive to them if I can help it.’

Rekindled: Ben Affleck has admitted that he hesitated over getting back with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, due to all the intense interest there is in the celebrity couple

Rekindled: Ben Affleck has admitted that he hesitated over getting back with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, due to all the intense interest there is in the celebrity couple

Ben further explained how being in a celebrity couple with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, can affect their three children, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine, who live life under the spotlight as well.

‘My life affects them. Me and their mom are celebrities. That is hard. That is a cross to bear,’ he told the radio host.

He then talked about the breakdown of his marriage to Jennifer Garner. 

The former couple announced their separation in June 2015, one day after their 10-year anniversary.

Back on: Ben started dating J-Lo again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez (pictured this month)

Back on: Ben started dating J-Lo again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez (pictured this month) 

‘The truth was we took our time, we made the decision, we grew apart,’ he said.

‘We had a marriage that didn’t work. We tried because we had kids. We did not want it to be the model of marriage for the kids. We did our best. I knew she was a good mom, and I hoped she knew I was a good dad. I had to get sober, and I acknowledge that.’

The Good Will Hunting star admitted that his ‘rock bottom’ moment in his alcoholism battle, was when he saw how his children looked at him.

Tough: Ben also talked about the breakdown of his marriage to Jennifer Garner, who split in June 2015, one day after their 10-year anniversary (Pictured 2013)

Tough: Ben also talked about the breakdown of his marriage to Jennifer Garner, who split in June 2015, one day after their 10-year anniversary (Pictured 2013) 

‘The cure for addiction is suffering,’ he said.

‘You suffer enough before something inside you goes, “That’s enough.”‘ 

The actor has previously been open about his struggle with alcohol addiction. 

‘It was my kids. Since that day, I swear to Christ, I have not wanted to drink once. I am not cured. I am not a preacher, but there is a happy ending if you can get there.’

Ben started dating J-Lo again in April after she split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez.

He had most recently been linked with No Time to Die star Ana de Armas.  

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