Actor Ben Affleck has said that his relationship with singer Jennifer Lopez probably hurt his film career.

Speaking to Details magazine, the actor, who was once engaged to Lopez, said of the relationship: "It was probably bad for my career".

"What happens is this sort of bleed-over from the tabloids across your movie work," he said.

"You go to a movie, you only go once. But the tabloids and Internet are everywhere. You can really subsume the public image of somebody."

"I ended up in an unfortunate crosshair position where I was in a relationship and [the media] mostly lied and inflated a bunch of salacious stuff for the sake of selling magazines."