Ben Affleck previously admitted that he regretted the split from Garner.
Divorces are complicated and tiring, leaving partners in bitterness and pain. While it may take a toll on you emotionally and mentally, it does not mean you cannot develop a good friendship with your former partner. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ended their 10-year marriage on 30 June 2015. However, the former couple is now actively co-parenting their three kids. Moreover, Affleck has opened up about the importance of Garner in his life despite their split.
In an interview with People, the Good Will Hunting actor said he was grateful for Garner. He stated, "When you have children with somebody you’re connected to them forever. And I’m very lucky she is the mother of my children," to People. He further added that he was happy to have Garner's support while he tried to overcome his alcohol addiction.
Despite announcing their split in 2015, Garner made sure the father of her children was doing well. She even extended the final divorce until 2018 to look out for Affleck's health. She patiently waited for him to heal and supported him instead of applying pressure while he struggled.
According to US Weekly, in 2018, a source stated, "Jen wanted to give Ben the time and opportunity to work on his health and sobriety … she isn’t in a rush. Jen just isn’t willing to settle the custody issues until she’s 100 percent certain that he’s clean. She’ll wait for him to prove he is taking it very seriously."
Another insider revealed, "He is very appreciative of Jen being so supportive and giving him a chance to get better. She has always been there for him and continues to be," according to US Weekly. Affleck, who experienced her concern told People, "I’m very grateful and respectful of her."
Moreover, he believed it was important for him to set an example for his children. “Our marriage didn’t work, and that’s difficult. Both of us really believe that it’s important for kids to see their parents respect one another and get along, whether they’re together or not," said Affleck, according to People. He added, "My parents got divorced when I was young and I know how painful that is, and I knew that they [my kids] would have to go through that publicly. But kids are resilient. They appreciate the truth.”
Affleck and Garner are often spotted with their children. They enjoy time and are even seen together for school events. "It’s important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen and she treats me the same way. I have a lot of respect and gratitude toward her. And I wish her the very best," said the actor to People.
Meanwhile, speaking to The New York Times, the 47-year-old actor admitted he regretted the divorce. “The biggest regret of my life is this divorce. Shame is really toxic. There is no positive byproduct of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing," said the actor. He also went on to credit his ex for being "the world's greatest mom.”
Besides, he did not hold back from admitting his mistakes in the marriage and blamed his drinking to be a factor that caused the failure. “I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems,” said the father of three.
Despite the wrongdoings in the past, Affleck is committed to making things right. “I have certainly made mistakes. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you’ve got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, try to move forward," said Affleck to The New York Times.
Having achieved sobriety, Affleck has also found love again. The father of three is now dating Cuban actress Ana de Armas after meeting her on the sets of Deep Water.