Dad-of-three Ben Affleck recalls the tabloid frenzy when he dated Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004. “I definitely was in a tabloid crosshair,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “It mucks up your life.”
He described the attention as “sort of snarky and venal and kind of overwhelming.”
The Good Will Hunting star realized that the paparazzi weren’t going to back off, so he made some changes in his life. The actor married Jennifer Garner, had three beautiful children, and cut down his “compulsive” work schedule.
Ben went on to say that his career and family life with Jen and their kids – daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, and son Samuel, nearly 4 months – is the stuff that dreams are made of.
“I feel like I have a chance to do the most exciting stuff that I’ve done in my career,” he said. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Ben was recently in Washington D.C. to raise awareness for something else he feels passionate about – his Eastern Congo Initiative to reduce the child mortality rate in the region.