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While speaking with Sawyer, the actor opened up about how disappointing getting divorced from Jennifer Garner was for him, and how his past mistakes have affected his kids.

"I never thought that I was gonna get divorced. I didn't want to get divorced. I didn't want to be a divorced person. I really didn't want to be a split family with my children," Affleck said. "And it upset me because it meant I wasn't who I thought I was. And that was so painful and so disappointing in myself."

Garner and Affleck have three children together -- Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 7.

"I really don't want my children to pay for my sins," he said. "Or to be afraid for me. Which is one of the hard parts of being the child of an alcoholic. Do you think, 'What if my dad gets drunk? What if he does something stupid? What if he ends up on TMZ and it's on my news feed and other kids see it?'"

In November of last year, a TMZ video circulated that showed Affleck stumbling around outside of a Halloween party, seemingly drunk.


"I took the last half of the year off and I just got to be dad. Drive them to school, pick them up. Go to the swim meet, come home. That's where the parenting happens," he said to Sawyer.

"It's in the cracks. It's in the moments when you're just taking them back from soccer and they say something profound or they talk about how they're really feeling about something and it's like that's where you get to be the parent. That's the joy of it. And that's what I don't want to miss."

"Divorce is very painful and alcoholism is very painful," he continued. "They just are. If there's something that your child is suffering, that's a level of pain that is not easily gotten past, not easily forgiven, not easily forgotten. And it's hard. You're not going to avoid causing your kids pain, all pain. Pain is part of life. I take some comfort in that. I'm doing my very, very best... It has to be good enough. I don't really have a choice. I have to be the man I want to be at this point. I don't have anymore room for failure of that kind."

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