Ben Affleck got brutally honest during his new interview with SiriusXM host Howard Stern while promoting his upcoming film “The Tender Bar”, directed by George Clooney.

The Oscar-winning actor revealed that he briefly hesitated to rekindle his relationship with Jennifer Lopez before going all in with the famous singer-actress whom he famously dated in the early 2000s. The reason was simple: his three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner have been eyeballed their entire lives, so pursuing his relationship with Lopez was something he didn’t take lightly.

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“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,” Affleck told Stern.

The actor knew the media and paparazzi would have a heyday over his rekindled romance with JLo and, as a father, it was his job to protect them by playing things extra safe.

“My life affects them. Me and their mom are celebrities. That is hard. That is a cross to bear,” Affleck explained, adding that “horrible lies” were headlined by tabloids during their divorce.

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“The truth was we took our time, we made the decision, we grew apart,” he said of his relationship to Garner coming to an end. “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.”

Affleck openly addressed his battle with alcoholism, revealing that his rock bottom state was the image his kids began to paint of him.

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“The cure for addiction is suffering,” the actor said. “You suffer enough before something inside you goes, ‘That’s enough.’ 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.”