Jim Carrey wants to make it clear that, though he hasn't seen ex Jenny McCarthy's son Evan, 10, since the pair split ways two years ago, he still cares for her child very much.
In a statement Wednesday, Carrey, 50, told Us Weekly his feelings for Evan haven't changed a bit -- and hinted that he believes it's better he stay out of Evan's life.
"I will always do what I believe is in the best interest of Evan's well being," the actor says. "It's unfortunate that Evan's privacy is not being considered. I love Evan very much and will miss him always."
The Mr. Popper's Penguins star's statement followed McCarthy's startling Monday interview with Howard Stern about the status of Carrey's relationship with her son.
"I've tried to ask [Jim] numerous times [to see Evan], because my son still asks," the Love in the Wild host, 39, told Stern about her boyfriend of over five years, adding that Evan tells her he misses Carrey "almost weekly."
Continued the former Playboy model, "I tell [Evan] that someday you'll cross paths, meet again. . . [but] it's hard. He's been in therapy. It's a process, he's working on it."
A source close to the comedian denies that he ever turned his back on McCarthy's child.
"[Jenny] never reached out directly to him, so that's a bit of a stretch for her to say," the source tells Us. Still, the insider admits "Sometimes it's really too painful to still be involved with an ex's child's life, but it doesn't mean he doesn't care about [Evan] or love him."