Ben, 47, appeared on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer this week and spoke about his split with Jennifer. After his conversation with Diane, which was pre-recorded, the award-winning journalist read a special message from Ben to his former spouse.
"What I want to say publicly and privately is, 'Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible and a great mom and person,'" Diane read.
"I didn't want to get divorced," he told the TV journalist this week. "I didn't want to be a divorced person. I really didn't want to be a split family with my children. It upset me because it meant I wasn't who I thought I was and that was so painful and so disappointing in myself."
Ben has sought treatment for his alcohol use several times. In an interview with The New York Times earlier this week, he said his drinking started getting out of control again in 2015 and 2016 when he and Jennifer were having marital issues. He acknowledged his drinking worsened their problems, and said his divorce "is the biggest regret of my life."
Brooks Barnes, who wrote the Times piece, couldn't help but note Ben referred to his regret over his split "in the present tense," meaning it continues to be something he wishes hadn't happened.
While Ben and Jennifer's marriage didn't survive, their friendship did. It was widely reported she took him to his last stint in rehab in 2018. Jennifer has been one of his strongest supports and continues to be. The former couple are regularly pictured with their three children: Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, and Ben's family is also important to Jennifer. She's often seen spending time with his mom, Christine Boldt.
"I hope I'm a pretty good dad," Ben told the Today show in 2019, in an interview in which he also called his ex-wife "wonderful," "the most important, central person" in his life and said he still loves her.
"I certainly try very hard [as a dad]," he continued. "I'm lucky they've got a great mom and she helps out a great deal with making sure that we co-parent in as good a way as possible. I think dads are so important to kids and it's our responsibility to be there for them, to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be as in it as moms."
We're always happy to hear how supportive Jennifer has been and continues to be. Their friendship proves love i is multifaceted. We wish Ben well as he continues in his recovery.