It looks like things are really heating up between Ben Affleck and his new girlfriend, Lindsay Shookus. After ending his marriage with actress Jennifer Garner due to rumors of infidelity, it looks like the father of three is moving on with Shookus, who happens to be a producer for Saturday Night Live. For a while, it looked like Garner and Affleck were working towards reconciliation. However, in April 2017, they filed legal documents that stated they wanted to move forward with their divorce.
Affleck has been busy playing Bruce Wayne in the forthcoming Justice League films and also recently got embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, which led him to publicly apologize to actress Hilarie Burton for groping her. Despite that, it looks like Shookus is prepared to stay by his side. The Emmy award-winning producer and the Oscar-winning actor went public in July, and they have been going strong ever since.
Here is every single detail we know about their secret relationship.
Work trips and romance
Though the couple officially went public in April, things seemed to get super serious when Affleck brought Shookus along to London for his Justice League reshoots.
After his reshoots were done, Affleck took his 37-year-old lady love to a lush Gymkhana Indian eatery, and they also saw The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre.
Though Affleck was not present at the SNL Season 43 premiere afterparty, he has shown up to support Shookus at other afterparties, including one at STK restaurant in NYC.
From New York to Los Angeles
Since Shookus’ career is based on the East Coast and Affleck’s work takes him everywhere, the couple has had no problem moving from coast to coast. They’ve been spotted everywhere together, including the beaches of Santa Monica and the U.S. Open in Queens, New York.
Since both Shookus and Affleck have gone public with their relationship, does that mean that serious feelings are involved? A source close to the couple told US Weekly that Affleck is “very happy” and “enjoying Lindsay’s company.”
A three-year affair?
Though it looks like the couple just began dating a few months ago, rumor has it that they’ve been carrying on a relationship since 2014.
An insider told Us Weekly, “Ben and Lindsay started their affair about three years ago, just a few months after she became a mom. They were not casually dating — they were having a full-blown affair.”
That remains unconfirmed, so it’s still unclear when exactly the two started their romance.
Affleck brought Shookus along with him as he toured multi-million dollar homes and apartments in Santa Monica. All the homes the Argo director viewed were super chic and were listed anywhere between the $12 million to $18.5 million price range.
Up until this spring, Affleck was living in the guest home of the 8-bedroom house he shared with Garner, and he is currently renting a house in Brentwood. It looks like he’s finally looking to find a permanent place to live.
TMZ is reporting that wherever Affleck ends up purchasing (or renting), it will just be for him. He and Shookus don’t have any plans on moving in together at the moment.
A support system
Earlier this year, The Town actor went public about his struggles with alcohol, and he’s been doing stints in outpatient rehab ever since.
A source told E! that Affleck is currently “focused on his sobriety” and that Garner had a been a major support for him. It looks like Shookus will need to be that support person for him now.
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