Ben Affleck says everyone took his Jennifer Garner comments out of context: ‘It hurts my feelings’

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America runs on Ben Affleck headlines.

The Academy Award winner, who moonlights as a Dunkin’ sponsor, is responding to backlash following the very candid, very unflattering remarks made about his decade-long marriage to Jennifer Garner.

During his appearance Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Affleck, 49, said that his “meaningful” new talk on “The Howard Stern Show,” in part about his “family and divorce and alcoholism,” was taken out of context.

Affleck talked to Stern about ex Garner, also 49, and how he’s “so proud of the way that we work together for our kids” and was “really happy” with the chat until he saw its reception on social media.

“They had literally taken the conversation that I had had for 2 hours and made it seem as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I’d said,” said Affleck. “I had gone on and said how much we respect each other and cared about each other and cared about our kids and put them first and went through our stuff. And they said that I had blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism and that I was trapped in this marriage, just made me out to be the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy.”

Though Affleck said he understands that’s part of being in the spotlight, and acknowledged photos of him dropping Dunkin’ coffees are all in good fun, he said has to “draw a line and be really clear that that’s not true” when it comes to his kids. He and Garner share two daughters and a son.

“It’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe and I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom,” said Affleck of the interpretation. “It hurts my feelings.”

Affleck told Stern that he and Garner “grew apart” and “had a marriage that didn’t work. ... It was somebody I love and respect but to whom I shouldn’t be married any longer.”

Affleck said during the chat that he’d “probably still be drinking” had the couple stayed together.

“Part of why I started drinking alcohol was I was trapped,” said Affleck. “I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids but I’m not happy, what do I do?’”

Noting their split was largely amicable, Affleck said he “always knew she was a good mom.”

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