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Jennifer Lopez Wears Barely-There Bikini, Mauls Ben Affleck to Celebrate 52nd Birthday

Yup, you guys.

She's f--king Ben Affleck.

Forget the rumors you may have read. Forget the anonymous quotes. Forget the alleged accounts from witnesses who have claimed they saw Jennifer Lopez and kissing.

Everyone now is a witness to the reunion of this former couple -- thanks to Lopez herself.

Jennifer Lopez in a Bikini

The singer/actress turned 52 years old on Saturday, celebrating the occasion by confirming to the global public two things:

  1. She is ridiculously attractive.
  2. To quote Jimmy Kimmel from many years ago, but to do it in a serious and steamy manner... she's f--king Ben Affleck.

As you can see above and below, Lopez paid tribute to herself on her birthday, posting a number of scorching hot bikini photos aboard a boat.

But the one that has the entire Internet buzzing and drooling? It features Affleck embracing his ex-fiancee, the pair making out and Lopez's hand lingering very close to Affleck's crotch.

Jennifer Lopez Kisses Ben Affleck

Safe to say these two really are back together, huh?

"5 2 … what it do …💗," Jennifer captioned the seductive snapshots.

Lopez and Affleck began dating way back July 2002.

They got engaged that November and went on a whirlwind press tour as a twosome at the couple... before postponing their September 2003 wedding and ultimately ending their engagement in January 2004.

Jennifer Lopez Bikini Pic

Both went on to get involved in other very public and intense relationships.

Most recently, of course, Lopez was engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

But she split from the admitted steroid-user this spring amid rumors that he had cheated on her with Southern Charrm cast member Madion LeCroy.

Jennifer Lopez at 52

"We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," Rodriguez and Loopez said in a statement on April 15, adding:

"We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects.

"We wish the best for each other and one another's children.

"Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

Alex Rodriguez and J-Lo Selfie

Just weeks later, speculation started to surface that Lopez was hanging out again with Affleck... perhaps without any clothes on, if you know what we mean.

Were they actually running it back romantically?!?

Or was Lopez just trying to make Rodriguez jealous?

The answer could be yes to both these questions, we suppose, but Lopez has now responded strongly in the affirmative to the first one at least. That's for sure.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Throwback

A Hollywood insider told People Magazine in this week's issue that the superstars "are madly in love" and "the loves of each other's lives."

"They want to do everything they can to make this work," added a Lopez source.

Earlier this month, Lopez opened up about her personal life, without mentioning Affleck, in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1.

She said she is having "the best time of my life" adding:

"I'm super happy. I know people are always wondering, 'How are you? What's going on? Are you okay?' This is it. I've never been better."

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in 2003

That is now more obvious than ever, based on the hottest photos ever posted online by a 52-year old.

Rodriguez, for his part, shared an Instagram video on Saturday of himself and some friends doing aerobics on a yacht.

As for whether Affleck and Lopez will walk down the aisle all these years after their initial engagement?

Ben Affleck in 2020

"They have been meshing their lives and families and don't feel the need to get engaged yet or even tie the knot," an E! News insider says.

"They have both been there and don't feel it's necessary."

Hey, whatever works for them, you know?

And whatever makes Alex Rodriguez very sad.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are Apparently Out of Other Celebs to Have Failed Relationships With, Reportedly Back Together

One of my favorite episodes of South Park is the one where Butters has to return to his native Hawaii because he’s undergoing his Hapa Noa. Basically, Butters is just pissed off all the time because of how good Ben Affleck has it and he gets over it when he finds out Affleck is married to Jennifer Garner and not Jennifer Lopez, because Jennifer Garner isn’t that hot.

Butters is going to be pissed off again because it looks like Affleck has run out of women to date for a few weeks and break up with and is back with JLo.

E! reports that Affleck and Lopez took a weeklong vacation together.

After the stars appeared separately at the VAX LIVE concert in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 2, they jetted off together to the Yellowstone Club in Montana, where they vacationed together for about a week, a source tells E! News. “They were alone,” says the source. “Just the two of them.”

In photos obtained by Daily Mail, Lopez and Affleck can be seen driving together in Montana.

Now, I have had enough sex with enough ex-girlfriends to know that this doesn’t mean they’re back together. They’re both single and sometimes it’s easier to just have sex with someone you used to have sex with than trying to impress someone new, even when you’re a big star. That doesn’t mean you’re going to start dating.

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Ben Affleck Sent a Video to the TikToker Who Thought He Was Catfishing Her on Raya

If Ben Affleck sends you a message on a dating site, it’s probably not Ben Affleck. It’s probably someone using a picture of Ben Affleck trying to get your credit card number.

Unless you’re on the ultra-exclusive dating app Raya, and then Ben Affleck might actually be looking to date you. And if you unmatch him because you think he’s trying to scam you, he might send you a video letting you know you fucked up.

@nivinejay

Sorry Ben 🥺🥱 #raya #benaffleck #dating #fyp

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What do you even do with your life when you find out you lost your chance to f**k Batman?

Ben Affleck is out there looking for love, ladies. Don’t make Ben Affleck sad. A sad Ben Affleck might as well just be Jared Leto.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez: Spotted! Together! Are They Making Love Again?

Jennifer Lopez warned us, guys.

She said years ago not to be fooled by the rocks that she's got because she's just (she's just...) Jenny from the Block.

Translation?

The artist may be rich and she may be famous, but she still knows how to get down and play dirty.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in 2003

How else can we interpret the fact that, just two weeks after splitting from Alex Rodriguez amid rumors the former baseball player cheated, Lopez is now hanging out with ex-fiance Ben Affleck?!?

According to In Touch Weeklly, the singer and the actor are "hanging out again."

They've done so on multiple occasions of late, a source tells this tabloid. 

"A lot of time has passed, they’ve both matured,” explains the insider. “Jennifer still cares for Ben, she never really stopped. Apparently, they reconnected like no time had passed.”

Ben Affleck Winks

Affleck and Lopez dated in the early 2000s and engaged in 2002.

They were infamously dubbed “Bennifer” by the media at the time, giving an endless arrray of interview during their peak romantic period and fawning all over each other,

However, they postponed their wedding in 2003 and split months later in January 2004.

Since then, Lopez has called the breakup with Affleck “probably my first big heartbreak."

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Throwback

Now?

Affleck broke up with Ana de Armas in January, while Lopez ended her engagement with Rodriguez last month, prompting immediate chatter that Affleck would swoop in and try to tap that again.

Page Six, meanwhile reports that Affleck has visited Lopez three times after her return from the Dominican Republic.

The outlet even published pictures of the male star exiting a white Escalade at a location near J. Lo's Los Angeles home on April 29... and it appeared to be the same vehicle Jennifer was riding in earlier that day.

Alex and Jen

What does all this mean?

Nothing, according to TMZ, which alleges the celebrities are "strictly friends."

Adds People Magazine in the wake of their reconciliation:

"They have spent time together in L.A. over the past week. They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other."

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in 2018

Still, it's hard not to imagine Lopez at least knows what she's doing here.

It's hard to imagine this time spent with her ex isn't meant to make Rodriguez jealous... considering he allegedly had an emotional affair with Madison LeCroy in 2020.

At minimum.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez Throwback

“He contacted me. And yes, we DMed," LeCroy admitted this February of her connection to Rodriguez, adding that the two had FaceTimed.

But other than that, there was nothing. I’ve never physically seen him, touched him. I am not a f—king liar and I will stand up for that.”

She's neverr physically touched him?!?

Most observers took this precise wording to very possibly mean that LeCroy and Rodriguez had simultaneously masturbated while on said FaceTime calls last year.

Madison LeCroy in Bed

Did this really happen?

We cannot say for certain.

But the possibility, which has been theorized for quite some time now around the Internet, must be humiliating for Lopez.

What better revenge could she therefore get than to at least make it look like she may be back together with Affleck?!?

Alex Rodriguez and J-Lo Selfie

"They are friends," another source People Magazine insisted on Friday.

"They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years."

Yes, fair.

But could they be friends... with benefits.... who see each other with no clothes on sometimes?

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas Have Broken Up! Over the Phone!

Quick!

Someone get Ben Affleck an extra helping of Dunkin Donuts.

We're pretty sure he needs it right about now.

Ben Affleck in 2020

According to numerous outlets, the veteran actor has split from Ana de Armas after approximately one year of dating, with E! News alleging that the parting of ways really was mutual.

"Both of them have completely full lives in a good way," an insiderr told E! News on January 18. "There will always be that love."

Well, sure. That's what everyone says at times such as this.

Is it reallly true, though? We can't say for certain.

Ana de Armas and Affleck

"They have had numerous discussions about their future and they decided together to break up," another source tells People Magazine, also making the split sound rather amicable.

The twosome -- who first met while filming the upcoming thriller Deep Water in New Orleans in early 2020 -- had been romantically linked since early March 2020.

At the time, they were spotted on a trip to her native Cuba.

They were then seen making out in Costa Rica, signaling that things had turned at least fairly seriious.

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Affleck and de Armas were often seen together during the summer because they both spent the quarantine period in Los Angeles.

The Knives Out actress confirmed their relationship on Instagram in April when she shared photos of them hanging out for her 32nd birthday.

"They have been kissing, cuddling up together and putting their arms around each other a lot," a witness told E! last spring, adding:

"They look at each other adoringly and like taking pictures of each other.

"Ben seems blissfully happy and giddy. He can't stop smiling and laughing. He is clearly is very into Ana."

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas

Heck, not only had de Armas met Afflleck's three kids... in June, she joined Affleck, these childrren and his mom on a family vacation to Georgia.

"Ana seems to love being around his kids. Everyone has been getting along great. Ana is making an effort to get to know his kids," a source told People at the time.

So... where did things go wrong?

It's unclear.

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However, Us Weekly alleges that the actress initiated the break-up and multiple websites report that it actually took place over the phone.

Still, there are no hard feelings of any kind on either side.

A source told People on Monday that their decision to separate was "mutual and something that is completely amicable," concluding:

"They are in different points in their lives; there is deep love and respect there."

So Is Michael Keaton Replacing Ben Affleck as Batman or Not?

DC is really into the idea of parallel realities, and they have been for a long time; while Marvel has gotten a lot of multiverse attention because of the success of Into the Spider-Verse, The Flash has been hanging out with alternate versions of himself since 1961.

DC is really leaning into the multiverse idea, presumably because it allows them to have The Flash and other characters in movies and on TV without “confusing the audience,” long the reason they’ve given for keeping Superman, Batman and other big characters off of television.

It also lets DC do  ore projects like Joker that aren’t related to any other films and still have characters like The Joker show up in Batman films.

And of course, there’s also the fan service, like having Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson all playing Batman in the same movie.

You can also have multiple Batman film franchises, which is what DC Films president Walter Hamada told the New York Times was the plan, and Brooks Barnes, the reporter who interviewed him, said that those two Batmen were Robert Pattinson and Michael Keaton.

Pretty cut and dried, right? Michael Keaton is back as the main Batman in the DCEU, right?

Well, don’t get ahead of yourself. Barnes told CNN that despite rumors to the contrary, Keaton has only signed up to play Batman in The Flash.

“Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness,” he wrote. “I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond ‘The Flash,” I would have obviously put it in my article.”

Ben Affleck is also playing Batman in the movie, and I believe if they continue to make films in that Zack Snyder Justice League reality it’s going to be Ben Affleck playing Batman in them.

Now, would it be cool if 69-year-old Michael Keaton showed up to play a 55-year-old grizzled and world-weary Batman in his twilight days in an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns? Yes, I’ve never wanted anything more in my life. But it’s not happening yet, you just misread a tweet and jumped to some incorrect conclusions.

Seriously, how cool would a Keaton Dark Knight Returns be, though?

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Ben Affleck Is Back As Batman

I’ll bet you thought you’re seen the last of Ben Affleck’s Batman when you saw that god-awful Joss Whedon Justice League movie. I mean, they hired that dreamy Robert Pattinson to play Batman and the DCEU looks to be DOA, so no more Batfleck.

But he’s coming back. You can’t stop the Batfleck.

It turns out that Ezra Miller choking the s**t out of some lady is basically no big deal and certainly not a reason to not make a Flash movies, seeing as how Flash is the top show on The CW, Warner is not going to just let that money on the table.

And The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ben Affleck’s Batman will appear alongside Barry Allen in that film.

“He’s a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before,” Muschietti told Vanity Fair‘s Anthony Breznican  “It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”

Before anyone gets any ideas, Barry Allen’s mother’s name is Nora and not Martha.

Ive heard this Flash movie is based on Flashpoint, a storyline where Barry goes back in time to stop Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, from killing his mother and creates a whole new timeline where Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war and Thomas Wayne became Batman after a mugger killed his wife and son. It could be a big cosmic reset button the DCEU, because that’s what DC Comics used it for.

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Jennifer Garner to Ben Affleck: If You Can’t Stay Sober, You Don’t Get to See the Kids!

Back in October, Ben Affleck got drunk at a Halloween party.

This wouldn't be a big deal were it not for the fact that Ben has been battling alcoholism for most of his adult life.

Affleck

Now, there's nothing funny about alcoholism, or addiction in general.

That said, the sight of a sloshed Ben trying to evade a TMZ cameraman by stumbling through a parking lot in a skeleton mask (below) is pretty damn funny.

Sorry, we don't make the rules.

We just laugh at the stumbling skeletons:

It's okay to chuckle (at least that's what we're telling ourselves), since it looks as though it was just a one-night fall from the wagon, and Ben's been clean and sober ever since.

Affleck's companion for the night was a musician named Katie Cherry, and while there have been no updates on the status of that relationship, it seems there Ben has faced some recent hurdles in his dealings with the other woman in his life.

According to a pair of new reports from Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner was more than a little pissed off about Ben's relapse, and she's been watching him like a hawk ever since.

An insider tells the tabloid that Jen has made it perfectly clear what's at stake -- apparently, she's threatened Ben with restricting access to his kids if he slips up again.

Ben and Jen

“Ben has been filming in New Orleans and hadn’t seen the kids in a few weeks. They had a big week with Thanksgiving and Violet’s birthday. There was a lot of family time and things do come up,” the source explains.

“Jen wants things done a certain way and sometimes Ben isn’t able to do it in that way," the tipster continues.

"Ben had to head back to New Orleans and couldn’t be part of Violet’s birthday celebration in the way that they had hoped for. Its a balancing act.”

The informant says Jen is doing her damnedest to make sure that Ben is able to remain in his kids' lives -- but Affleck doesn't always make it easy.

Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck in Los Angeles

“They are continuing to coparent and spend holidays together but there are issues with schedules and commitments,” the insider tells Us.

“It can be challenging to always be on the same page when you’re dealing with kids' personalities, priorities and decision making.”

It seems the whole family is together “whenever they can be,” and Ben is back in Los Angeles “whenever he has a break from a movie.”

A different insider confirms to Us that Jen and Ben's co-parenting relationship has been marred by “underlying tension" in recent weeks.

Affleck and Garner

“Jen has very high standards and expectations,” says the second source.

“She wants things done a certain way, and sometimes Ben isn’t able to live up to that.”

This insider confirms that Jen is the glue holding the family together -- and it's not always a role that she relishes.

“Jen puts up with a lot and does everything she can to keep it together,” the source says.

“She wants Ben to be in the kids’ lives. That means dealing with things she isn’t happy about. Jen’s major sticking point is that Ben needs to be sober — and truthful about it," the informant continues.

Jennifer Garner in Black

"There’s no wiggle room on that as far as his relationship with his kids goes. He’s trying to stay on track and be the best he can for them. But Jen doesn’t always trust him — and relapse is always a concern.”

Sounds pretty dire, but the source says Jen and Ben remain on the same page in terms of putting their kids' needs first:

“Regardless of any disagreements, they try to put on a happy face for the kids and put their needs first," says the source.

"There’s definitely a lot of resentment, but they’re a family first and foremost.”

Let's hope for more happy faces and fewer skeleton masks in 2020.

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and More Say ‘Release the Snyder Cut’

Justice League was a terrible movie. It had more hype than any movie released this decade other than Avengers: Endgame, and it ended being… not unwatchable, but just boring and silly. Legend has it, however, that there is a version of this movie that is actually good. Deep in the bowels of Warner Brothers vault, never to be released (like the Animaniacs) lies the Snyder Cut.

The Snyder Cut saving Justice League hinges on Zack Snyder being a better director than Joss Whedon, a statement I would have laughed in your face about if you told it to me after the first Avengers was released but that seems if not likely then at least probable after seeing the second Avengers movie.

Fans have been clamoring to see the Snyder cut of Justice League basically since they saw Justice League because why not, is it going to be worse? But things really picked up steam on Sunday when Snyder and the cast of the film started tweeting the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag.

Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, deleted every other tweet on his account and changed his profile to read #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

Jason Momoa already expressed his desire to see it released over the summer, saying he had seen it and it was “ssssiiicccckkkkkk.”

But it seems like having so many of the stars spontaneously call for it being released all at once, all of the sudden, means something must be going on with it behind the scenes. And Warner had to see that there’s genuine interest in it as the hashtag shot to the top of Twitter’s trending topics, so even if a release announcement isn’t imminent, it seems like there’s a lot of momentum around it. Justice League was a big, expensive failure for Warner, and if a cut of it exists that can redeem that legacy and maybe increase back catalogue sales, I’d be surprised if we didn’t eventually see it.

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Ben Affleck Heads to the Bottom of a Fifth in ‘The Way Back’ Debut Trailer

 

Ben Affleck’s had a rough couple of years since winning his second Oscar for Argo in early 2013. The internet exploded over the news that he would be the new Batman, before that endeavor crashed and burned in disaster, leading Affleck to go back to the bottle, dissolve his marriage to Jennifer Garner, and enter rehab facilities. Now Affleck’s back, under the direction of Gavin O’Connor—with whom he made 2016’s The Accountant—for The Way Back, stepping into familiar shoes as a man battling demons at the bottom of a bottle.

Affleck plays a former all-star high school basketball player who has spent the last few years watching everything around him crumble due to addiction. He is given a shot at redemption, however, when asked to return to his alma mater and coach the basketball team that hasn’t had a winning season since he graduated. It’s the sort of comeback film that Affleck has attempted before, but he’s never really gone this deep on a character so close to himself, you know, minus all the basketballing.

It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out because lord knows the world doesn’t need another movie about a basketball coach helping a bunch of troubled teens learn how to be a family. We’ve all seen that movie a dozen times over by now, so hopefully this has got some ingredient missing from past films in the genre. The Way Back opens on March 6, 2020.

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Ben Affleck is on Dating Apps to Meet Women

There’s a dating app called Raya that goes to great lengths to be exclusive. Users have to be recommended by a member and then approved by a committee, sort of like a country club except that Raya lets Jewish people join on occasion.

Ben Affleck has been trolling the celebrity-focused platform for dates, according to Page Six.

“He seems to want a real partner and is not looking to date a celebrity,” a source said. “He is private and is in a good space right now … He has his kids and is focusing on work, but is ready to be in love again.”

Seems like a lofty goal for an app that seems taylor-made for connecting gold-digging instathots with movie stars. It’s an extra monthly fee to filter out all the just-turned-18-year-olds that haven’t already banged Leonardo DiCaprio.

Membership on Raya is conditional on creating a photo montage set to music, a thing I am not making up. And after Page Six’s first report on Affleck’s use of the app, he changed the song for his to Bob Marley’s ‘Guava Jelly’.

Yeah, when I hear that song I think “Ben Affleck.”

He’s probably just really bummed people think the weird kid from Twilight is a much, much better choice for Batman than he was.

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Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus: It’s Over! Again!

Folks, it's our regrettable duty to inform you that love is well and truly dead.

The concept of mutual romantic affection had a good run of about 200,000 years or so, but it left this mortal coil at exactly 2:54 on Thursday afternoon.

Ben Affleck, Lindsay Shookus

That's when People magazine reported that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up. Again.

Yes, it's only been two months since Ben and Lindsay got back together, but it seems their love was simply too pure for this world.

Either that or Ben started banging a 20-something Playboy model again.

Tough to say, as details are pretty scarce at the moment.

Ben and Shookus

An insider says it was mostly distance that drove the lovebirds apart, which seems like BS, since Ben has unlimited resources for travel, and these two had already been doing the bicoastal thing for almost two years.

“She has a kid and an ex-husband and a job in New York and Ben has his family and a job in L.A. and while they love and respect each other they just realized it wasn’t going to work,” a source tells People.

“They really gave it another solid try.”

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We're sure being separated by a few thousand miles wasn't easy, but in all likelihood, it was a combination of factors that led Ben and Lindsay to call it quits.

Affleck checked into rehab for the third time back in August, and he may have wisely decided that his focus needs to be on his family and his sobriety at this time.

Then there's Lindsay's demanding work as an SNL producer.

Affleck and Shookus

After all, it can't be easy, week after week, to position Alec Baldwin's Trump wig or ensure that Pete Davidson's garish outfits won't cause any seizures in Des Moines.

And then there's the issue of upbringing.

Ben's from Boston, and Lindsay as from Buffalo.

Can any relationship endure such a heated -- albeit one-sided -- AFC East rivalry for very long? We think not.

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

Anyway, we've poked occasional fun at Ben and Lindsay's relationship, but that's mainly just because SNL producer and retired Batman are hilarious job titles to us.

At the end of the day, they both seem like decent folk, and we wish them both all the best going forward.

Although, Ben, your football team can go ahead and start sucking any day now.

This sh-t is getting ridiculous.

Lindsay Shookus to Ben Affleck: If You Relapse, We’re Through!

Well, it's official, folks -- Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are back together.

We've known that for a while, but the couple obviously felt as though they needed to keep up the charade of a platonic friendship for a few weeks.

Ben Affleck, Lindsay Shookus

We suppose that's not terribly surprising.

After all, it wasn't all that long ago that Affleck dumped Shookus for Playboy model Shauna Sexton, who was a little less than half his age.

After suffering a humiliation like that, it's not surprising that Lindsay would want to give the impression that Ben had to work to win her back -- whether or not that was actually the case is anyone's guess.

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Of course, the main obstacle to this reconciliation -- and seemingly the main reason Ben and Lindsay broke up -- was Affleck's struggles with alcoholism.

Ben relapsed and checked into rehab in December of 2017 after several years of sobriety.

During his time with Lindsay, the Oscar winner was said to be happily on the wagon.

Just days after news of their split went public, however, Ben was spotted paying for a delivery from a liquor store outside of a home where he had reportedly been partying with Sexton.

Shauna Sexton on Insta

Needless to say, it didn't look good at that point.

But the pics of Ben mid-bender prompted his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, to stage an impromptu intervention and persuade the actor to enter rehab.

And apparently Affleck's valiant struggle to get sober factored heavily in Lindsay's decision to give him a second chance.

Ben and Shookus

A source tells Us Weekly that Lindsay agreed to take him back largely “because she was impressed that he’d gone back to rehab and was sober.”

The source adds that Shookus has been a “very positive influence in his life.”

The insider goes on to say, “He’s in a good place and works hard on himself every day. He’s much stronger at this stage.”

Back in February, a source informed Us that Ben and Lindsay were tentatively hanging out again.

Ben Affleck Snapshot

“They’ve been talking and have seen each other again,” the insider claimed.

“Ben is in a much better place health-wise, and is a lot happier.”

These says Ben and Lindsay are “are totally back on," the same tipster reveals.

Great news for all involved -- though it sounds like the future of this relationship is contingent on Ben's ability to remain on his best behavior.

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Ben Affleck Is ‘Doing Great’ in Rehab, His Brother Casey Affleck Says

Casey Affleck opened up about Ben Affleck‘s return to rehab on Monday.

While walking the Toronto International Film Festival red carpet for the premiere of his new film, The Old Man and the Gun, the 43-year-old Oscar winner gave an update on his brother to Entertainment Tonight. 

“He’s doing great,” the actor said. “He’s in rehab and he’s recovering and seems to be doing well.”

RELATED: Ben Affleck’s Mom Is Staying with Jennifer Garner As Actor Continues Rehab Treatment

PEOPLE confirmed Affleck, 46, entered a rehab facility in Malibu for alcohol addiction on Aug. 22. “He is seeking treatment. He knew he needed help and was vocal about it,” a source said.

By his side was ex Jennifer Garner, who arrived at his home with an addiction therapist. Garner, also 46, drove the actor to the treatment center the same day.

Leading up to Affleck seeking treatment, an insider told PEOPLE, “Ben had been drinking alone for days. He was in bad shape. He had barely been eating and had not showered. It didn’t take much convincing. He wanted to go, and he cooperated.”

RELATED: Playboy Model Shauna Sexton Visits Ben Affleck in Rehab as She’s Spotted Driving His Car

He had also been spotted out with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton, who he has been seeing since his split from ex-Lindsay Shookus.

On Sunday, Sexton was spotted leaving the treatment facility Ben has been staying at. She drove his Ford SUV to the center and has been spotted driving the vehicle since last week.

Sexton’s car has been seen at Ben’s house while the actor returns home to work out with a basketball trainer during the day.

He looks much better and seems healthier,” a source previously told PEOPLE.

Braless Shauna Sexton All Smiles Spotted Out In LA

These days, Shauna Sexton isn’t only Affleckless, she’s also braless! The brunette bombshell seemed to be ecstatic about her lack of support, because the sun was shining and there was a smile on her face. She seems like she couldn’t give less of a care that her boyfriend was recently driven to rehab by his not-yet-ex wife.

You’ve got to give her credit, though. A few months ago, no one really knew who Shauna Sexton was, and now she’s got photographers following her around and catching her in moments where she’s not wearing a bra. Don’t get me wrong, they’re doing the lord’s work, I just wonder how she’s dealing with all of this. That’s all.

My concern is ultimately all stacked in favor of Shauna right now. She’s got it hard going from relative obscurity to being the center of attention, all because she tugged on Ben Affleck’s little buddy. And no, I’m not talking about Matt Damon. I’m talking about his best pal, the one that always gets him in trouble. No, not his brother Casey. It’s his dick. I’m talking about his dick.

Anyway, Shauna Sexton, how about it?

[Read About Shauna’s BF Ben Affleck Right Here]

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Ben Affleck Leaves Rehab After Just 2 Weeks of Treatment

Last month, Ben Affleck checked into rehab for the third time.

The move followed an intervention from Affleck's estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, in which she implored the actor to seek treatment for the sake of the former couple's three children.

Ben Affleck: Suicide Squad Premiere Photo

While insiders have reported that Affleck was drunk and belligerent during the intervention, he eventually conceded that he was in need of treatment, and when Garner offered to drive him to the facility, he went willingly.

Which is why new reports that Affleck has left treatment and returned to his Beverly Hills home have come as such a surprise to so many who wished the Oscar winner well.

According to Radar Online, Affleck was spotted entering his mansion today looking disheveled and exhausted.

And witnesses say there's reason to believe he's already returned to his old ways.

Ben Affleck: Live By Night

Prior to checking into rehab, Affleck was spending time with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model whom he was rumored to be dating.

Sexton has made no secret of her penchant for booze and partying, and some have even gone so far as to blame her for Ben's latest relapse.

Obviously, that's absurd, as Ben's a 46-year-old man capable of making his own decisions -- but still, many are taking the fact that Sexton visited Affleck shortly after his return home as sure sign that he's off the wagon.

While reps for the actor confirm that Affleck left treatment, returned home, and received a visit from Sexton, they maintain that there's no concern, as Ben remains committed to his sobriety.

Ben Affleck Smiling

Apparently, Affleck has reached an agreement with those in charge of his treatment wherein he will be permitted to return home to work out in his own gym.

Sources close to Ben say he will continue to leave the facility on a regular basis but will return promptly after completing his workout.

There are still concerns about his mental state, however, as Radar reports that Ben decided to head home for the first time following a particularly brutal day of treatment.

According to insiders, this was the week that Ben began "intense family therapy sessions" and he's found the experience almost unbearably intense.

Ben Affleck Shakes

It seems Ben found his "confession sessions" with Jen to be particularly taxing, as he was forced to open up about his affair with Christine Ouzounian, the couple's nanny, whom Ben allegedly slept with while he and Garner were still married.

"This is the latest sad chapter in Ben's rehab," says one source.

"He's finding the process really painful and this did nothing to help."

The insider says that Ben expected the session to be grueling but found it far more difficult than he had anticipated.

Ben Affleck Looks Shady

"He and Jen both wound up in tears after the first session when he opened up about his affair and relationships since his split with Jennifer," says the insider.

"It opened up a lot of old wounds."

No word yet on whether Ben has returned to treatment following today's workout session.

We wish Affleck and his family all the best as he continues down the hard road to recovery.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Will Divorce After Affleck Stops Being a Drunk

The Ben Affleck-Jennifer Garner divorce sure seems to be taking awhile. Oh, had to look it up just to remember. They split three years ago, but Garner only filed for divorce in April 2017. No wonder it seems like this has been taking a long time.

Maybe they were still holding out hope for a reconciliation. Every few months you’d read a story about one of them reconsidering.

Back in March 2018, you had a source telling US Weekly:

“He’s begged her to come back several times, but she has no interest.”

That same source also said:

“She put her heart and soul into fixing the relationship and wanted so desperately to turn things around for the children’s sake as well as theirs…She forgave him for so much, and still he couldn’t change.”

Wow, Garner is such an angel.

Unfortunately, you won’t see the return of Bennifer. They’ve both agreed to finalize their divorce once Affleck gets out of rehab.

If you didn’t read, last week he checked himself back into rehab. Right after stopping off at Jack in the Box. Haha, what a fatty, no lie. Garner drove him to Jack in the Box for some pregaming. Last two paparazzi videos I’ve seen of him are him hitting up Jack in the Box.

That plus all his drinking means he’d never fit into the Batsuit even if Warner Bros. decide they want him back (which looks unlikely).

TMZ reports that the divorce took so long because these two are so damn rich.

Ben and Jen have reached a property settlement, which was complicated and time-consuming because of the fortune that needed to be divided. We’ve learned the couple did NOT have a prenup, so all of their earnings during their 12-year marriage went into one pot.

Now Affleck’s free to bone every Playboy PlaymateInstagram model or nanny he comes across. And Garner is free to openly date Josh Duhamel and not hide him like Katie Holmes did to Jamie Foxx.

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Playboy Model Shauna Sexton Walks Dog in L.A. as Ben Affleck Seeks Treatment in Rehab

Shauna Sexton was spotted out and about with her dog on Friday, days after rumored beau Ben Affleck checked into rehab.

The Playboy model, 22, walked her pooch in Los Angeles while wearing a black leotard top and matching miniskirt, which she paired with black sneakers and matching sunglasses.

Sexton and Affleck, 46, had been spending time together in recent days amid news that he and Lindsay Shookus, 38, had called it quits after one year of dating. Sexton and Affleck shared dinner together at Nobu restaurant in Malibu and were later photographed grabbing Jack in the Box in Santa Monica last weekend.

“He is happy being able to date who he wants and not feel tied down to a serious relationship,” a source told PEOPLE at the time.

But they were far apart on Wednesday, as she hit a Malibu beach while Affleck’s ex Jennifer Garner — with whom he shares children Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6 — was seen driving him to rehab.

RELATED: Ben Affleck’s Troubled Days Before Rehab: Dates with Playboy Model and Alcohol Delivery

PEOPLE confirmed Affleck had entered rehab for alcohol addiction on Wednesday, with a source saying, “He is seeking treatment. He knew he needed help and was vocal about it.”

A second source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue Garner’s focus remains on their children.

“Is she happy about him hanging out with a very young Playboy model? Certainly not,” the source said. “But her concern right now is not who he is dating. What she ultimately cares about is his sobriety and whether she can rely on him to co-parent.”

RELATED: Inside Ben Affleck’s Longtime Battle with Addiction — and What He’s Said About It

Meanwhile, before entering rehab for a third time, Affleck had been “working incredibly hard for the last year” to remain sober, a source close to the actor tells PEOPLE.

Addiction is not something that goes away. Every day is a battle for recovering addicts, they are fighting for their sobriety and to lead healthy, balanced lives every day,” the source said.

Affleck had frequently been sighted visiting outpatient treatment centers in L.A. “Ben has been working incredibly hard for the last year to follow a streamlined program designed for him and his journey,” the source explained. “He has been attending countless meetings, has continued to work with sober coaches and does his best to follow through with the things that will help him maintain his health.”

The source added that Affleck was aware he needed help and did the right thing in reaching out.

“One of the key elements with taking control of your addiction is knowing when to seek help, which he did, and it is a major step in the right direction,” the source said.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

31 Stars Who Have Been to Rehab: From A(ffleck) to Z(eta-Jones)…

All of the stars listed below have battled various demons over the years.

But they've acknowledged their problems and entered rehab facilities to deal with them.

Please join us in sending them well wishes for a bright, healthy and happy future...

1. Ben Affleck

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Affleck has now entered rehab THREE times, the latest being in August 2018. He has a serious problem with alcohol.

2. Catelynn Lowell

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Catelynn Lowell battled suicidal thoughts and bouts of depression, checking into rehab on two different occasions over the past few years.

3. Luann de Lesseps

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Does it count when someone attends rehab for two weeks? Yes, of course. But we feel like Luann de Lesseps may have needed more than that after her 2017 arrest.

4. Demi Lovato

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Our heart breaks for Demi Lovato. For her latest stint, the singer suffered a drug overdose in late July 2018 and then entered a facility for treatment.

5. Josh Duggar

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It's not entirely clear just why Duggar went to rehab. For sex addiction, we guess. But he entered a facility after admitting to cheating on his poor wife... multiple times.

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez has been in and out a couple times, but never for substance abuse. Always for emotional issues and health problems related to Lupus.
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Jennifer Garner’s ‘Number One Concern Is the Kids’ as She Helps Ben Affleck Go Back to Rehab

Jennifer Garner stepped up to help take her ex Ben Affleck to a rehab facility on Wednesday, where the actor is now seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.

A source told PEOPLE this week that Garner, 46, is the most concerned about their three children — Samuel, 6, Seraphina, 9, and Violet, 12.

“Her number one concern is the kids,” the source says, noting that Garner, 46, has been hoping to finalize her divorce from Affleck soon, but “struggles” with questions like, “Is Ben healthy enough to have custody? Can she rely on him to co-parent?”

RELATED: Ben Affleck Enters Rehab for Third Time as ‘Visibly Upset’ Jennifer Garner Drives Him to Treatment

The move for Affleck, also 46, to enter a treatment facility came after Garner was photographed at his home on Wednesday. The Peppermint actress was seen leaving Affleck’s home upset and shaking. When she returned, Garner, Affleck and an unidentified woman who arrived at the actor’s home with her left in a car the actress was driving.

Garner stopped by a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant before the trio drove to a treatment facility in Malibu.

Another source told PEOPLE that Affleck “knew he needed help and was vocal about it.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ben Affleck Likes to ‘Date Who He Wants and Not Feel Tied Down’: Source

Affleck’s return to treatment comes after he was spotted out with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton in recent days.

As for Garner, “what she ultimately cares about is his sobriety,” the source says. “Her concern right now is not who he is dating.”

The source adds, “In the past, Ben hasn’t been doing well when he is alone.”

RELATED: Playboy Model Shauna Sexton, 22, Walks Her Dog in Mini Dress After Dates with Ben Affleck

The day after a fast-food date with Sexton on Monday, Affleck appeared to receive an alcohol delivery to his L.A. home. In the photos, he held a Pacifico beer-branded box containing  what appeared to be Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch whisky in a blue case and some other unidentifiable bottles.

Sexton told Playboy in an interview in May that her drink of choice is “whiskey all day.”

RELATED: Ben Affleck Appears to Receive a Liquor Delivery After Being Linked to Whiskey-Loving Model

Affleck turned 46 on Aug. 15, and just before the big day, a close friend of his told PEOPLE that “Ben is doing well. He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get there.”

“He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships,” the friend added. “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga.”

“While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest, everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”

This is the third time Affleck has been in rehab. The first time was in 2001, and in March last year, Affleck announced in a Facebook post that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”

RELATED: Ben Affleck Reveals He Completed Rehab for Alcohol Addiction: ‘I’m Lucky to Have the Love of My Family’

Affleck and Garner filed to end their 10-year marriage on April 13, 2017, a year after they first announced that they were splitting up.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA  substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

Ben Affleck Is Entering Rehab for the Third Time

Ben Affleck is heading back to rehab.

The actor, 46, is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction, according to TMZ.

The move to enter a treatment facility came after his ex Jennifer Garner was photographed arriving at his home on Wednesday. The two were later seen leaving the house together.

On Monday, the Justice League star was photographed receiving an alcohol delivery outside of his Brentwood, Calif. home.

Affleck was seen outside of his house wearing a dark gray T-shirt and light gray sweatpants as he picked up a Pacifico beer-branded box filled with what appeared to be Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch whisky in a blue case and some other unidentifiable bottles.

While the actor46, has been in ongoing treatment and attending meetings for alcohol addiction, his new flame, Playboy’s May 2018 Playmate, 22, told the magazine her go-to drink is “whiskey all day.

“Bourbon, for sure,” she added. “I like whiskey and soda, which makes people cringe, but I like it.”

Just before his 46th birthday on Aug. 15, a friend of the actor told PEOPLE that “Ben is doing well. He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get there.”

“He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships,” the friend added. “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga.”

“While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest, everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”

His first time in rehab was in 2001. In March 2017, Affleck announced that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote on Facebook. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”

 

Jennifer Garner: PISSED Ben Affleck Is Dating a Playboy Model!

Earlier this week, the world learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up after just over a year of dating.

Given the fact that the couple went to great pains to keep their relationship as private as possible, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there was no official statement confirming the split.

Ben and Shookus

What is surprising, however, is the fact that Ben moved on within days of the breakup.

Yes, these days, Affleck is dating Playboy model Shauna Sexton.

Aside from drunkenly posting all-caps rage comments on an article suggesting that it's time for Tom Brady to retire, dumping a successful career woman who's at least close to his age in favor of a 22-year-old centerfold is the most Ben Affleck thing Ben Affleck has ever done.

Those who know him best probably aren't shocked by the decision -- but that doesn't mean they like it.

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner has been quite vocal about her distaste for Ben's new relationship.

A source close to the situation tells the tabloid that it's not a matter of jealousy -- rather it's the fact that Jen desperately wants her three children to have a relationship with their father, but she feels she can't trust Affleck when he's spending his time with hard-partying college-aged women.

“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve,” says the insider.

“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.”

Shauna Sexton

The source goes on to claim that while Ben's reckless rebound behavior was not unexpected, Jen had hoped for a shred of maturity from her ex.

“Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model,” the insider adds.

“But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”

And this isn't a case of Jen being skeptical of Shauna simply because of her age or profession.

J. Garn

You see, Affleck is still newly sober, and Shauna is, well ... not.

Her Playboy bio she reveals that she loves whiskey, and Ben was recently spotted carrying a case of the hard stuff into his home.

Sources close to the actor swear the booze was for Shauna, but members of his inner circle are still concerned.

Even if Ben is still off the sauce, taking up with a hard-drinking girlfriend half his age doesn't exactly improve his chances of staying sober.

Here's hoping Ben will slow things down a bit before he spirals out of control once again.

Ben Affleck Confirms Breakup With Lindsay Shookus

Well, folks, it looks like everyone's favorite SNL power couple has called it quits.

No, not Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande. No, not Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson. Okay, maybe "everyone's favorite" was a bit of an exaggeration ...

Ben Affleck, Lindsay Shookus

There, that's the one.

Yes, after just over a year of dating, Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up.

Rumblings of a split began over the weekend, when Affleck was spotted on a date with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model.

And today, reps for the actor confirmed that he and Shookus have decided to go their separate ways.

Ben and Shookus

"They are still very amicable and have stayed friends," a source tells E! News.

"They both tried to make it work, but the distance just proved to be too much for them right now," the insider adds.

"Family comes first for them both."

Yes, it's the usual boilerplate nonsense, and as expected, it isn't fooling anyone.

Ben Affleck Winks

We all know what really happened here. 

And it's exactly what we all predicted from the very start of this relationship:

Lindsay is a smart, successful career woman in her late thirties.

She has a child, and those who know her best hold her in high esteem, both as a mom and a TV producer.

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

She makes sense as a partner for a rich, divorced dad in his mid-forties.

Which is exactly why Ben had to kick her to the curb.

Look, on a long enough timeline, Affleck is eventually gonna Affleck.

He probably woke up one day and remembered that he's Batman and could easily be banging Playboy models in their early twenties.

Then he went out and did exactly that -- possibly getting hammered first in celebration of his newfound freedom.

Ben Affleck Smiling

We all know a guy like Ben:

He recognizes that he needs to change, and he makes occasional half-hearted attempts at progress, but those are quickly abandoned in favor of the behaviors that keep dragging him down.

We suppose it's to his credit that he keeps trying, but maybe he should sort some things out by himself before he enters another serious relationship.

Poor Lindsay probably never knew that she was more attractive to Ben as an idea than as a person.

Lindsay Shookus Deletes Instagram Amid Speculation Over Ben Affleck’s Dinner with Playboy Model

Lindsay Shookus has kissed her Instagram account goodbye for now — but why?

After Ben Affleck was spotted on Thursday having dinner with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton, rumors began swirling about the status of Affleck’s relationship with Shookus. A source previously told PEOPLE that Affleck and Sexton’s outing “looked like maybe a first date” and that “she looked very cute, and he seemed interested.”

The Saturday Night Live producer was also missing from the actor’s 46th birthday celebration the previous evening.

Adding fuel to the fire, it was revealed this week that Shookus had deleted her Instagram account. Though it was active in recent weeks, the handle now directs to a page that says, “Sorry, this page isn’t available.
The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.” Page Six was the first to report on the development.

RELATED: Has Ben Affleck Moved on from Lindsay Shookus? Actor Spotted Out with Playboy Model

Shookus, 38, has previously spoken about how important it can be to take “a break” and focus on “self-love.”

“I’ve put a lot of time in the past two years into just making myself better internally,” she said during an interview with Elle earlier this year.

“Self-love means something. I thought it was all a joke for a long time. It’s really important. Giving yourself a break is really important,” she added.

Affleck and Shookus, who had been dating for over a year, were last seen together in late July during a mall outing in Puerto Rico, where the Justice League actor was shooting an upcoming Netflix film The Last Thing He Wanted.

A source told PEOPLE that the pair appeared “happily in love” during their outing.

RELATED VIDEO: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Spending the Summer Together in L.A.: ‘He Seems Very Happy’

Affleck’s latest outing also comes after a friend close to the actor told PEOPLE that he has been in a happy, health-focused place as of late.

RELATED: Ben Affleck and His Three Kids Are All Smiles as They Grab Dinner for His 46th Birthday

“Ben is doing well,” the Affleck pal said earlier this month. “He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get here. He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.”

The friend added, “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga. While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”

Meanwhile, PEOPLE previously reported Buffalo native Shookus had been staying at Affleck’s $19 million mansion on and off, as well as her own place in L.A. for the summer.

Has Ben Affleck Moved on from Lindsay Shookus? Actor Spotted Out with Playboy Model

Is Ben Affleck newly single?

The actor, who has been dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus for over a year, was spotted leaving Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California, with friends, including Playboy model Shauna Sexton on Thursday evening. TMZ was the first outlet to identify her.

Affleck, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday, was dressed in a green T-shirt, navy jacket and jeans while the 22-year-old Virginia native, who was named Miss May 2018, wore a nude colored bodycon dress.

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The night before his outing with Sexton and pals, Affleck spent some quality time with his three kids, Violet, 12, and Seraphina, 9, and son Samuel, 6, whom he co-parents with ex Jennifer Garner.

Missing from both birthday festivities was Shookus, who the father of three was last spotted with in late July.

WATCH: Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Spending the Summer Together in L.A.: ‘He Seems Very Happy’

Affleck’s latest outing also comes after a friend close to the actor told PEOPLE that he has been in a happy, health-focused place as of late.

“Ben is doing well,” the Affleck pal said. “He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get here. He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.”

RELATED: Ben Affleck and His Three Kids Are All Smiles as They Grab Dinner for His 46th Birthday

The friend added, “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga. While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”

Meanwhile, PEOPLE previously reported, Buffalo native Shookus has been staying at Affleck’s $19 million mansion on and off, as well as her own place in L.A. for the summer.

Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus: Planning a Wedding Even Though He’s Still Married?!

It's been almost a year since the world first learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsey Shookus are dating, and these days, the couple is reportedly ready to take the next step together.

Unfortunately, there are some sizable barriers blocking their path.

Ben Affleck, Lindsay Shookus

According to a new report from Entertainment Tonight Lindsey is seeking a commitment from Ben, who seems hesitant to pop the question.

But to his credit, there's a very good reason for that:

"Lindsay and Ben are very much in love,” a source tells the outlet.

“During Ben and Jennifer [Garner's] split, Lindsay truly felt villainized. Every day she spent with Ben out in the world for people to see felt like another day of public scrutiny, but her love for Ben was worth it," the insider adds. 

"They both learned to stick by each other during those painful months.”

See, therein lies the issue.

Ben and Jen

The source makes it sound like Affleck and Garner's split was an ugly chapter in their lives that's now over and done with.

But the fact is Ben and Jen still aren't divorced.

Yes, despite the fact Affleck and Garner have been separated for three years, they're still legally married.

We're sure that's primarily because of legal and financial entanglements, but still ...

Lindsay probably isn't too thrilled about the situation.

The insider adds that Ben and Lindsay are planning to spend their lives together, but have thus far avoided any public discussion of marriage:

Ben Affleck Winks

"Ben has worked incredibly hard on his sobriety and Lindsay has been his rock. He will be forever grateful for all her love and support," says the source.

"They are both constantly being asked if they are planning to tie the knot, but for now they taking it one day at a time.”

It's good that he's taking his recovery seriously, but we can't help but think Ben's leaning pretty hard on that "but, babe, my sobriety" excuse:

"Ben knows he loves Lindsay, but he wants to take things slow for the sake of his sobriety. He’s actually been told to take it slow and he's heeding that advice," the insider claims.

"Ben isn't ready to propose and has no plans to get engaged anytime soon, but Lindsay feels he is worth the wait.”

We're rooting for ya, Shook.

Jennifer Garner Fights With Ben Affleck in Public, Debuts New Boyfriend!

Rare is the Hollywood actor whose personal life is more dramatic than the roles he plays onscreen.

In the case of Ben Affleck, the gap is so wide that we wish he'd put this Batman nonsense to rest and focus on producing a livestreaming, 24-hour, Truman Show-esque documentary about his day-to-day existence.

Ben and Jen

Last week, Ben was in a motorcycle accident while rushing to meet his family at church.

(If that doesn't sound like a superhero origin story, we don't know what does.)

Now, it seems Jennifer Garner is deeply concerned about Ben's safety and has strongly encouraged her ex to put the bike on blocks.

And by "strongly encouraged," we mean she went off on him in front of the other soccer moms.

Yes, it seems the exes were watching their 5-year-old son Samuel on the field when Jen flipped on Ben seemingly out of nowhere.

"She doesn't want her kids to grow up without a dad," one insider tells Radar Online.

Affleck and Garner

"Jen believes he's being incredibly childish and selfish," the source adds.

"She believes he needs to start acting more like a dad and less like a kid."

The source adds that the battle of Jen vs. Ben was a mostly one-sided affair.

"Jen emptied out on Ben, and he seemed to be on the offensive," the onlooker claims.

"She only seemed to calm down when Samuel got close to them."

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

It seems part of the reason Garner was so upset is the fact she simply doesn't approve of Affleck's relationship with Lindsay Shookus, the SNL producer whom he's been dating for over a year.

"Jen's fed up with Ben's behavior - especially since they agreed to divorce," one insider tells Radar.

"She doesn't like Lindsay and says she's a bad influence on him."

There's no word on why Jen doesn't approve of Lindsay, but it's not hard to guess.

After all, shortly after Affleck and Shookus were spotted drinking together, he checked into rehab for the third time in a year.

Ben Affleck Smiling

Apparently, Garner recently went so far as to issue an ultimatum:

"She told him to clean up his act or stay away from the kids," says the source.

But just because Jen doesn't approve of Ben's new girlfriend, that doesn't mean she's not ready to move on herself.

Radar recently published photos of Jen on what appears to be a date with an unidentified mystery man.

No one seems to have any information on who Jen's new love interest is, but she certainly seems to be into him!

So these days, Ben and Jen have both moved on with someone new ... but it doesn't seem like they'll be easing up on one another anytime soon.

Ben and Casey Affleck’s Dad Still Likes Them, Shocking Interview Reveals

I’ll bet you’ve been sitting at home just waiting to hear Timothy Affleck’s opinion on things, haven’t you? I know every time I turn on the news I think to myself, “That’s well and good, but when is Timothy Affleck going to weigh in?” Well, Grazia has obviously been thinking the same thing, so they got him to sit down and talk to them about his sons Ben and Casey. Well, at least that’s a thing he knows about, I guess.

‘It has taken a toll on both of my sons,’ the 74-year-old told Grazia last week. ‘Hollywood is a disgusting place. I think that’s been a major factor in Ben’s drinking. You’re kind of forced to develop a persona that is hard to shed and go home to your family. It affects your whole life. I think that’s one of the dangers of the film industry.’

I mean, the dude isn’t wrong, Hollywood is a pretty disgusting place. For starters, Harvey Weinstein lives there. Affleck is mostly talking about the allegations against his sons in the wake of the #metoo movement. I thought the thing with Ben Affleck was pretty minor, while Caey Affleck is accused of more serious misbehavior. Timothy had this to say when asked about those incidents.

‘You’d have to ask them,’ said Timothy of the claims. ‘It doesn’t interest me, they know what they’re doing. They’re both kind and good men. They treat women well, I can guarantee that. After 40 odd years, you know your kids.

‘Both of my sons are hard workers. They have a tremendous amount of empathy, they don’t forget where they came from, they’re very kind and generous. Those are the qualities that I value.’

In the end, neither actor’s career is going to end over the allegations against them. Ben Affleck is still going to be Batman and Casey Affleck is still going to be a ghost in a sheet from A Charlie Brown Christmas. But no matter what happens in the world, I’m never going to actually care what Timothy Affleck thinks about it.