Ben Affleck opens up on fight against alcoholism, says 'part of my life'

After condemning Harvey Weinstein's actions last month, Affleck was forced to defend his own conduct. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 06.24 PM (IST)

Hollywood star Ben Affleck has shared a long history with alcoholism. Now opening up on his fight against it, he calls it a “part of my life”.

In a recent interview with US Today, the 46-year-old actor when asked about getting his life together after a recent visit to a rehabilitation centre said, "It doesn't really bother me to talk about alcoholism and being an alcoholic. It's a part of my life. It's something that I deal with. It doesn't have to sort of subsume my whole identity and be everything, but it is something that you know you have to work at.”

"I feel like I had a problem and I really want to address it, and I take some pride in that... It's about yourself, your life, your family, and you know people, we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them," he added.

The former ‘Batman’ star is a father to three children with ex-partner Jennifer Garner. On his role as a father, he said, "I certainly try very hard. I'm lucky they've got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure that we co-parent in as good a way as possible... Dads are so important to kids and it's our responsibility to be there for them, to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be as in it as moms.

"That's really the central preoccupation in my life, you know, the focus of my life is what I love doing. It's what makes me happy and the rest of the stuff kind of follows," he added.

On his work front, Affleck is now busy promoting his upcoming film ‘Triple Frontier’ that will release on Netflix this month. The film is directed by JC Chandor and also features actors Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

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On his work front, Affleck is now busy promoting his upcoming film ‘Triple Frontier’ that will release on Netflix this month.