Ben Affleck’s father has broken his silence on the actor’s romance with Jennifer Lopez.
Timonthy Affleck, 77, exclusively told The Sun that Ben didn’t inform his family about their rekindled relationship and claimed that the Oscar winner hasn’t been “pining” for the singer for years.
Ben Affleck’s father Timothy broke his silence on the actor’s romance with Jennifer Lopez[/caption]
Timothy, 77, admitted Ben hasn’t told his family about the rekindled relationship[/caption]
The pair, who originally met on the set of “Gigli,” postponed 2003 wedding plans and announced they were splitting a few months later.
However, according to some industry insiders, they never fell out of love and are “picking up right where they left off”.
He said he’d ‘never heard of all that nonsense’[/caption]
He said his kids ‘share with me what they want to share’[/caption]
However Ben’s dad scoffed at the notion that the actor has secretly been carrying a torch all along for the thrice-married singer.
“I’ve never heard of all that nonsense,” said Timothy, a retired social worker and writer who also has worked in the theatre, appearing with Ben’s brother, Casey, in his 2010 film I’m Still Here.
In a chat with The Sun at his home in the upstate New York, he added that he was reluctant to discuss the news reports because Ben has not mentioned to him that he is seeing Jennifer.
“Of course I’ve heard of her,” he said impatiently. “But I’d no idea about any of this.
Ben and Jennifer were first linked in April[/caption]
Jennifer split from fiance Alex Rodriguez earlier that month[/caption]
“I talk to my kids about their lives when I see them and they share with me what they want to share.”
He qualified that perhaps he is in the dark because he has not been able to get together for months with Ben.
“I haven’t seen my kids in so long, what with their work and Covid,” he said.
Ben and Jennifer were first linked in April when sources claimed they were “secretly hanging out”, before Ben was spotted at the megastar’s LA home.
They enjoyed a romantic getaway to Montana last month[/caption]
The couple dated 17 years ago, ending their engagement in 2004[/caption]
Jennifer and Alex ended their engagement earlier that month after four years of dating following rumors that he’d been texting Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy.
Ben, for his part, has seemed to be pining for Jennifer Garner, not JLo.
Last year, he called his 2018 divorce from the mom of his three children “the biggest regret of my life”.
He blamed his breakup with Jen not on any romantic obsession with Jennifer, but on his battle with booze, which he believes may be hereditary.
Timothy said Ben’s battle with alcohol is due to the pressures of stardom[/caption]
“There’s a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family,” Ben told The New York Times.
“The legacy of that is quite powerful and sometimes hard to shake.”
His paternal grandmother was hooked on alcohol and barbiturates and committed suicide at just 46.
An uncle killed himself with a shotgun. An aunt was a heroin addict. And Timothy is a recovering alcoholic.
Jennifer is mom to twins Max and Emme[/caption]
“I’ve spoken about that,” Timothy confirmed to The Sun. “I’ve had over 30 years of sobriety.”
But he doesn’t think genes totally explain Ben’s drinking. He believes a “major factor” has been the pressures of stardom.
And that makes him pessimistic about his son’s chances of finally finding happiness.
Ben has vowed that after many stints in rehab he will stay sober.
Ben has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner[/caption]
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But Timothy said: “A huge corporate enterprise – which Hollywood is – by its nature is a tough place to make your way and for a global star, which Ben was, it’s even harder.
“I just wish people would focus on the good work my son does in Congo – the women he helps there.”
Ben launched a charity in war-ravaged Congo in 2010 after hearing shocking stories about women who were raped by militia.
“There are important stories the media should be reporting like that, not this nonsense [about Jennifer],” Timothy said.