Ben Affleck: Jennifer Lopez was bad for career
Ben Affleck has finally dropped the bomb about his time with Jennifer Lopez, saying that dating her was not the greatest decision he's ever made. Actually, we'd think Reindeer Games would top that list.
"I was no longer in control of my life," he told Contact Music. "I thought I wanted certain things, but I didn't. I got lost. I felt suffocated, miserable and gross. I should never have gone down that route or got sucked in to all the publicity."
All the negative press from 2002 to 2004 made life difficult he says. Even more difficult than making Gigli together?
"I was typecast as myself. Too many people weren't getting past what they read about me. That was damaging. I can tell from experience it's bad for you, and bad for your career. So I took a break, went away for a while and let things calm down."
By letting things calm down, he means no longer working steadily and marrying Jennifer Garner, with whom is is very happy to have two children.
"Work has taken a back seat. My job is not as important as it was. Saying that having a family changed my life is a cliche. But it's true -- it re-arranged my life and made me see clearly."
With any luck, it also helped cure that awful mouth-breathing thing he does.
[Photo: Bennifer in 2003. Getty Images]