Written by Zoë Holloway, June 27, 2016

It’s been 12 years since Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck split, but Ben appears to still be a little bit hurt by the aftermath of #Bennifer.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez during Gigli California Premiere at Mann National in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

During his bizarre tirade about ‘Deflategate’ on the talk show Any Given Wednesday, the actor also opened up about the knock-on effects his relationship with JLo had on his early 2000s career.

‘If you went by what people said… I wasn’t cool and I wasn’t talented,’ said the 43-year-old actor. ‘I was, like, the lowest rung of cool and talented that you could possibly be in the public consciousness at that time. I had broken up with Jennifer Lopez and I had, like, three or four movies in a row that had bombed.’

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

Luckily for Ben, the commercial success of films like Argo and his high-profile marriage to Jennifer Garner saw him get back on his feet, and that success has led to his current role as superhero Batman. However, when reflecting on the past, he acknowledges he had become an industry joke, admitting, ‘I was so uncool that I was literally a punchline’.

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