Ben Affleck Opens Up About Coparenting With ‘Wonderful’ Ex-Wife Jennifer Garner: She’s a ‘Great Mom’

In it together! Ben Affleck had only good things to say about coparenting with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, during his Monday, March 4, Today show appearance.

“I’m lucky [my kids have] got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure we coparent in as good a way as possible,” the Triple Frontier actor, 46, said.

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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in Los Angeles on February 27, 2019. BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

He added later in the interview, “She’s wonderful. Somebody’s the mother of your kids, they’re going to be the most important, central part of your life, and that’s good.”

The director shares three children with his ex-wife, 46: Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7.

When it comes to raising the tykes, Affleck tries “very hard” to be a “pretty good dad,” he admitted. “Dads are so important to kids, and it’s our responsibility to be there for them, and to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be as in it as moms. That’s really the central preoccupation in my life. … It’s what makes me happy and the rest of the stuff kind of follows. “

The Oscar winner also opened up about his battle with alcohol addiction. Affleck entered rehab for the third time in August 2018 with Garner’s encouragement, completing a 40-day stay at a treatment center.

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Ben Affleck on TODAY. NBC News/NBC’S TODAY

“Some people are sort of uncomfortable, [but] it doesn’t really bother me to talk about alcoholism and being an alcoholic,” the Gone Girl star said. “It’s part of my life. It’s something that I deal with. It doesn’t have to sort of subsume my whole identity and be everything, but it is something that you know you have to work at.”

Affleck and Garner were together from 2005 to 2015 and finalized their divorce in 2018.

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