Ben Affleck is only concerned with the opinions that matter: those of his three kids.
The two-time Academy Award winner, 49, opened up about his public perception in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, explaining that the way he’s been depicted in the media didn’t bother him until his children started seeing it.
“I got to a place where [the public perception] was so different from who I am that I just stopped reading and stopped caring,” he said. “But then, as my kids got older and started seeing the Internet themselves, that’s the difficult part.”
“Even the ‘Sad Affleck’ meme — that was funny to me. I mean, there’s nobody who hasn’t felt that way at a junket. But then my kids see it and I think, ‘Oh, are they going to think their dad is fundamentally sad or they have to worry about me?’ That’s really tough,” Affleck explained.
He shares daughters Violet Anne, 16, Seraphina Rose, 13, and son Samuel Garner, 9, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49, to whom he was married from 2005 to 2018.
“We all want to pass on the best of ourselves to our children,” he said. “I don’t care who you are, I’m quite sure you feel at some point in your life you’ve taken missteps, nobody wants to transfer that to our children and that is a real task that everybody faces, whatever those issues are.”
Affleck previously told PEOPLE how he makes his kids a priority with his work after longtime pal and The Tender Bar director George Clooney helped him maximize his time with his children while working on their Oscar contender.
“My life has really changed a lot. Once I had kids, it became very obvious to me that the priority was time with them,” Affleck said last month. “George was spectacular in that way. He’s a dad too and would let me out on the weekends or cut me early. He really understood and appreciated how important it was for me to see my kids.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!