The actor, 46, Ben Affleck divided fans when the full extent of the tattoo was unveiled during a trip to the beach in March 2018, but he has now insisted that he loves it, and the tattoo is real. He defended his artwork and hit out at critics of the giant depiction of a phoenix.
Ben discussed his highly documented struggles with alcoholism.
The Oscar-winning actor went sober in the 90s after claiming that alcohol was ‘dangerous’ for him, but has relapsed in recent years, requiring rehab stints in 2001 and 2017.
Last year, the star entered another 40-day residential treatment program when ex-wife Jennifer Garner intervened following another relapse.
Reflecting on his battles, Ben told Ellen: ‘There’s temptation to get depressed, I have been through a lot, “this was hard or that was hard”… I could be embarrassed.
‘I feel so good now; I’m in such a good place. The kids are healthy, life is good. So whatever it took for me to get to this place I’m grateful’.
Ben shares three children with ex-wife Jennifer, who he separated from in 2015, and although the pair have remained amicable co-parents, he confessed that they do disagree about how to raise Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, seven.
Revealing that the children are only allowed to watch their parent’s appearances on family-friendly show Ellen, he reasoned: ‘You have those things with split families; you go back and forth until you come to an agreement on the rules.
‘I’m a little bit more liberal on the screen side of things – the video games and the TV – but this is something we can both agree on.’
Ben is currently dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus after reconciling their relationship this month.
Meanwhile, Jennifer has been dating businessman John Miller for the past few months, with a report from Entertainment Tonight in late January claiming they are getting ‘serious.’