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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]

Photo Credit: MEGA 

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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.

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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.

Ben Affleck’s Dad: It’s Not His Fault My Boy’s a Boozer!

Back in 2016, Ben Affleck appeared on Bill Simmons' short-lived HBO show and screamed about his love for Tom Brady in what appeared to be a drunken tirade.

At the time, the unhinged rant was mostly laughed off, and it was only later that the world learned that Affleck was battling alcoholism and was in the depths of his addiction at the time of the interview.

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As you've no doubt heard, Ben's beloved Patriots lost to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

As the world marveled at Eagles' fans willingness to lay waste to their own city, many wondered how Ben - arguably the most famous Pats fan and a close friend of Tom Brady's - was handling the news.

Back in December, Affleck checked into rehab for the third time in less than a year.

These days, he's out of treatment and reportedly sober, but after falling off the wagon so many times, Ben is no doubt aware that alcoholism is a lifelong battle.

Ben's father, Tim Affleck, has also struggled with addiction and earlier this week he opened up about his son's struggles in a candid interview with Radar Online.

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

It seems the elder Affleck believes his son's struggles are mainly the result of the career he chose.

“Hollywood is a disgusting place!” Tim told the outlet.

“I’m not a big fan of the entertainment world. I know it’s taken its toll [on Ben].”

Tim says he's witnessed some major changes in his son's character over the course of his decades in the industry.

“You’re kind of forced to develop a persona that is hard to shed and go home to your family,” Tim says.

“It affects your whole life. I think that’s one of the dangers of the film industry.”

Ben Affleck for Justice League

Ben has spoken at length about his father's alcoholism and the ways in which it affected his childhood.

“I know what he’s going through," says Tim, who's been sober 27 years.

"Of course we speak about it, and we do have a shared history, at least in terms of struggle. Ben’s always been serious about getting sober. He wants a balanced life and he’s working at it.”

Tim believes his son has what it takes to remain sober, but believes Ben may be too reliant upon the women in his life.

“I don’t necessarily believe one person should be with someone forever,” Tim says.

“Some people might, but history has proven it often doesn’t work.”

Affleck has been dating Lindsay Shookus since the summer of 2017.

We're guessing she's not thrilled with his dad's latest comments.

Ben Affleck Checks Into Rehab Again Following Latest Relapse

It's been quite a tumultuous year for Ben Affleck.

2017 began with news that Affleck had completed rehab and attained sobriety again after relapsing following more than a decade of sobriety.

Sadly, it seems Ben's battle with the bottle didn't end there.

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Radar Online is reporting that Affleck recently checked back into rehab, marking his third stint this year.

Insiders say the Oscar-winner was encouraged to seek treatment by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, and his brother, Casey Affleck.

“Ben relapsed," a source tells the site.

"Jen and Casey are willing to try anything, and they don’t care if the methods are controversial."

The "controversial methods" remark refers to Ben's choice of treatment facility.

Affleck reportedly checked into Passages Malibu, which eschews the traditional 12-step method in favor of an "unorthodox holistic" approach to addiction.

Ben Affleck for Justice League

Ben had previously been enrolled in an out-patient program, but according to a source close the actor, he recently decided that he needs a "constant support network” in order to remain sober.

Passages encourages patients to remain in treatment for a minimum of 45 days, and since Ben was first spotted at the facility on December 10, it seems he'll remain at the facility through the holidays.

The source was unable to say for certain if Affleck will be able to see his three kids on Christmas, but notes that he is free to come and go from treatment as he sees fit:

“Ben isn’t a prisoner and is fully committed to seeing his children and fulfilling his work commitments outside the center,” the insider tells Radar.

Ben Affleck at Premiere

Rumors that Ben was once again struggling with alcoholism began over the summer when he was spotted drinking with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, once while traveling in New England, and again during a trip to her hometown of Buffalo, NY.

Shortly thereafter, Ben began his outpatient program, but it seems he felt he needed a more comprehensive approach to the problem.

Those who know him best say Affleck has been despondent over newly-surfaced reports about his past behavior.

Recent accusations of Affleck groping female colleagues and generally behaving inappropriately prior to his marriage have reportedly taken a considerable emotional toll on the 45-year-old.

Here's hoping Ben is able to finally find a method of treatment that works for him.

Sorry, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal Is The Batman We Deserve

Ben Affleck’s days as Batman are numbered. Not because he’s part of Hollywood’s sexual assault ring, but because he sucks.

Matt Reeves recently replaced Affleck as the director of The Batman, signifying that Affleck would step down as the character as well. If Reeves has his choice of a replacement, he wants Jake Gyllenhaal as the new savior of Gotham.

Alright, I’m willing to give that a shot. I mean, anyone is better than Ben Affleck, right?

Gyllenhaal probably doesn’t strike most people as the next coming of Bruce Wayne, but let’s not pretend that he isn’t a fantastic actor. Have you seen Nightcrawler? I’d say he should have won the Golden Globe that year for his performance, but Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as Stephen Hawking as well.

I’ll put Gyllenhaal’s filmography up against your favorite actor’s filmography and feel confident.

In fact, can we go ahead and re-shoot The Justice League with Jake? I haven’t seen it, but I did see Superman vs. Batman and that was enough to tell me that I don’t need to see another movie with Affleck trying to be Batman. At least Affleck recognizes that he sucks in the role and is willing to step down before they try to do a singular film centered around the character.

Imagine watching Affleck brood his way through an entire Batman movie and not wanting to gouge your eyes out. I think that’s an impossible task.

For those that don’t know Reeves, he did the recent Planet of the Apes movies. He also wrote Under Siege 2, but we’ll let that one slide.

Keep in mind, Affleck stepping down has not been confirmed. There’s still a very real chance that he’ll wear the black cape at least once more. So, if you see Justice League this weekend, remember to praise Affleck’s performance as so great that he’ll think he redeemed himself from Dawn of Justice. Criticizing him is only going to keep him around longer. That’s why he’s here in the first place.

Ben Affleck: Forced to Submit to Drug Testing in Order to See His Kids?

It's been a tough month for Ben Affleck.

Already dodging rumors that he's been drinking again following his most recent stint in rehab, Affleck now finds himself involved in the biggest scandal in recent Hollywood history.

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As you've no doubt heard by now, famed film producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault by numerous women who claim he repeatedly abused his power in order to take advantage of them.

Affleck condemned Weinstein for his actions, but now, multiple women who have worked with the Oscar winner over the years say that Ben's statement is simply part of an effort to exonerate himself from any blame.

First, Rose McGowan claimed that Affleck is lying when he says he only recently learned of Weinstein's misconduct.

Shortly thereafter, actress Hilarie Burton accused Affleck of groping her when she was just a 20-year-old co-host on MTV's TRL.

Affleck has yet to respond to the allegations against him, but it's safe to assume he's in damage control mode.

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And now, it looks as though he may have suffered another high-profile setback, this one having to do with his tumultuous split from Jennifer Garner.

Though Affleck and Garner finalized their divorce over the summer, the issue of custody of the couple's three children remains somewhat unsettled due to recent developments in Affleck's personal life.

Sources tell Radar Online that Jen is deeply concerned about Ben's drinking, and in order to ensure that her children will be safe while spending time at his house, she's reportedly asked the court to force Affleck to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

“Jen has put her foot down and says either Ben submits to drug testing — or he can forget about seeing the kids for a sleepover,” an insider revealed to the site.

“It breaks her heart to see Ben in liquor stores more than he goes to church."

Ben Affleck at Premiere

A bit of a dubious comment, as Ben's never been much of a churchgoer, as far as we know, but it's entirely believable that Jen would demand that her ex prove he's clean before she'll sign off on him taking the kids for extended periods of time.

“Now she wants him to prove he’s completely clean of drugs and that he’s given up his partying ways. He was such a big party guy before, and he’s slipped up a few times since,” says the informant.

“Jen’s not taking any chances. The kids come first, as always. She’s giving Ben no excuses — or second chances.”

There's no word on whether Affleck's involvement in the Weinstein scandal influenced Jen's decision, but we're guessing the actress is none too happy about Ben's latest controversy.

Ben Affleck: Blasting Harvey Weinstein, Staying Sober (Report)

Over the past two weeks, there's been a good deal of speculation about Ben Affleck's sobriety.

To bring you up to speed, Affleck checked into rehab back in March to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction he'd been battling on and off for over a decade.

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Over the summer, however, Ben appeared to relapse and was spotted drinking with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus on multiple occasions.

Now, sources say Affleck is in outpatient therapy for further treatment, and is once again intent on staying sober.

Shookus is a producer for Saturday Night Live, and sources close to the couple tell People magazine that Ben was on hand at 30 Rockefeller Center to support Lindsay over the weekend.

Witnesses note, however, that the Oscar winner was not on hand for the weekly after-party, likely as a result of his efforts to abstain from drinking.

So our congratulations go out to Ben for two reasons today:

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Not only does he appear to be recommitted to his own sobriety, he also his position of power to condemn the repugnant actions of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

As you've no doubt heard, Weinstein stands accused of sexually assaulting numerous women over the course of the past thirty years.

Weinstein was instrumental in the production and distribution of Good Will Hunting, the film that made household names of Affleck and friend Matt Damon.

But despite his longstanding ties to Weinstein, Affleck castigated the disgraced 64-year-old in a scathing social media post:

"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," Affleck wrote.

Ben Affleck at Premiere

"The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn't happen to others," the actor continued.

It's been rumored that Affleck's statement was a response to a tweet from one of Weinstein's alleged victims, actress Rose McGowan, who urged Ben and his brother Casey to speak out against their friend and former mentor.

We may never know for certain if McGowan played a role in convincing Ben to speak out, but the important thing is that Affleck took a stand against Weinstein's vile behavior.

It's been a rough year for Ben, what with a high-profile divorce, public struggle with addiction, and rumors of career difficulties.

But he certainly seems focused on ending 2017 on a high note, and for that, we applaud him.

Ben Affleck Celebrates Birthday With Jennifer Garner: Is the Divorce Still On?

For over a year after Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their separation, it was difficult to tell what exactly was going on with the former couple.

One week, there would be a rumor that the actors were gearing up for a bitter divorce, and the next, we'd find out that Ben and Jen had attended couples counseling.

Ben and Jen

Back in April, Garner finally filed for divorce from Affleck, and it seemed that the legal action would clarify the couple's status and put a stop to those pesky reconciliation rumors that seemed to surface every few weeks.

Shortly thereafter, the world learned that Ben is dating Lindsay Shookus, and many took the relationship as a sign that his relationship with Garner was well and truly over for good.

But this is 2017, a time in which the internet doesn't stop obsessing over anything, ever.

So when Ben celebrated his 45th birthday with family yesterday, the celebrity gossip world went nuts over the revelation that Garner was on hand for the party and Shookus was not.

Of course, this is probably a result of the fact that Ben's kids were there, and it was a family event, but don't tell that to the folks who are breathlessly tweeting that love has returned from the dead, and Bennifer 2.0 is back on.

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Ben has spent the past several weeks traveling with Shookus, and since all three of his kids were at the party, he probably didn't want to make it weird for everyone involved by putting his ex and his new girlfriend in the same room.

But hey, why stop at one crazy-ass rumor?

Ben may have gotten fired as Batman; let's pretend his family innocently got him a Batman ice cream cake and he flipped out and threw it at a busboy!

Oh, and Ben got sober recently after a stint in rehab.

Let's make up some BS about him falling off the wagon and getting hammered in front of his kids!

(Oh, wait, that one's actually a rumor that's going around.)

Ben Affleck Stands Up

Look, we love wacky Batfleck stories as much as anyone else.

And frankly, the guy deserves to take some flak in the media, if only because of his absurd fanboy love for fellow grown-ass man Tom Brady.

But we think it's time to officially put an end to the constant rumors about Ben and Jen getting back together.

As for Ben falling off the wagon, let's wait until he goes streaking down Sunset wearing only his Batman cape and mask, swigging from a bottle of Jim Beam before we start to speculate.

26 Truly Stunning Hollywood Divorces

Really, if these couples can't make it... who can?

We're still shocked that these Hollywood marriage didn't work out. Toggle through this slideshow of most surprising divorces and react now: Can you believe they're over?!?

Can true love even exist in Hollywood at this point? Or anywhere for that matter?

1. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

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They announced their legal separation in August of 2017, with Pratt's busy movie schedule supposedly to blame. Sad face.

2. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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We start with the most stunning EVER. Jolie filed for divorce in September of 2016 due to problems she had with Pitt as a father of their kids.

3. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

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We're as stunned as you are. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were together for a decade and are parents to three amazing kids.

4. Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner

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If Bruce and Kris Jenner cannot make it work, even after two decades of marriage, what hope is there for every other couple out there?

5. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have twins together and also had a great life together. But then it all fell apart.

6. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

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They have twins! They renewed their vows every year! And yet it did not work out in the end for Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey.
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Lindsay Shookus: Did She Cheat on Ben Affleck With Jon Hamm?!

When the world first learned that Ben Affleck was dating Lindsay Shookus, many applauded the non-tabloidy nature of their relationship.

After all, Affleck's divorce from Jennifer Garner had been finalized; the former couple had been separated for more than two years; and the timng seemed right for Ben to move on with someone new.

Then the tabloid media started doing some digging and they found, well ... a lot.

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For starters, several outlets claimed that Garner and Shookus had an affair for several years before coming out as a couple.

This is a bit of a problem, as until relatively recently, both were married to other people.

It later came out that Garner confronted Shookus after learning of the affair, which she found out about after noticing some expensive jewelry purchases on Ben's credit card statement.

As for Shookus' ex-husband, Kevin Miller, he reportedly just fouhd out about the affair a few months ago, and now believes it was the cause of his divorce.

(According to People and Us Weekly's timelines, Shookus began her relationship with Affleck just a few months after welcoming the her and Miller's first child.)

Ben Affleck Looks Shady

Now, London's Daily Mail has done even more digging into the Lindsay's past and found that the SNL producer has a history of dating famous men.

The tabloid reports that Lindsay engaged in a low-key affair with Sex and the City actor Chris Noth, though Noth's reps deny the claim.

Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that Noth would've already been involved with his current wife at the time.

Interestingly, the tabloid claims that Ben and Lindsay went on a break at at one point.

(Yes, if the timelines are accurate, they've been together long enough to have gone on a break.)

During that time, it seems Lindsay got involved with another respected actor with a famously messy personal life.

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The Mail claims Lindsay dated Jon Hamm during this time, and news of the relationship royally pissed Ben off.

Affleck and Hamm are friends and they worked on the 2010 film The Town together.

They both got out of very longterm relationships around the same time, and it seems Shookus knew just how to make Affleck jealous.

It's anyone's guess as to how much of the Mail's report is accurate, but one thing's for sure:

It doesn't look like Ben will be able to leave his tabloid staple status in the past any time soon.

Ben Affleck Got Lindsay All Shook Up

Ben and Jen are over, it’s all about Ben and Lindsay Shookus now. He and the SNL producer are smashing, and they have been for a long, long time.

More than that, he’s unafraid to assert some job benefits from the relationship. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the relationship, but today we know a little bit more.

Page Six ran an inside scoop on Ben and Shookus, and from it we can glean a lot of juicy details. We know that Shookus is enjoying eating lobster dinners with Ben. Always working behind the scenes, we also know that she is enjoying the flash of the paparazzi cameras.

“She’s enjoying it,” a friend of Shookus’ said. “She never wanted to be on camera, but she’s comfortable getting a lot of attention.” I should hope so, she is dating Batfleck after all. She’s wandered into the spotlight of a lot of people.

Page Six also confirms the timeline of the relationship. Shookus and Ben first got together in 2013, two years before Ben and Jen split, and one year before Shookus split with her husband. I think we can assume that even if the affair wasn’t the main reason the two couples ended, it was a contributing factor.

“I can’t believe that a girl from nowhere New York ruined a Hollywood marriage,” a publicist mused, maybe getting a bit judgey that Shookus is from Williamsville, New York. The joke’s on that publicist, Williamsville is lovely in the summer, and she’s not boning a movie star.

Since signing on to SNL, Shookus has been the main talent finder, booking new cast members and hosts. “Lindsay has developed very close relationships with all of [the cast], as well as the hosts,” a source said.

Clearly, she and the guest hosts get on just fine, sometimes to the detriment of their marriages.

Jennifer Garner Confronted Lindsay Shookus After Learning of Ben Affleck Affair, Sources Claim

Last week, we learned that Ben Affleck is dating Lindsay Shookus, a 37-year-old Saturday Night Live producer, whom he reportedly met while rehearsing an appearance on the show.

Affleck just finalized his divorce from Jennifer Garner in April, but the couple has been separated since 2015.

So surely there's no great scandal in Ben moving on and dating someone new at this point, right?

Ben Affleck: Suicide Squad Premiere Photo

Ha! This is the Batfleck we're talking about, and whether it's justified or not, there will always be countless pearl-clutching gasp-takes about everything he does.

And in this case, the situation might have involved actual clutching of pearls.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves ...

As you may have heard, it's been rumored that Ben cheated on Jennifer with Lindsay

In fact, some have gone so far as to say that Affleck and Shookus carried on an affair behind Garner's for years, and that the couple parted ways after Jen found out about it.

Jennifer Garner: 2016 Academy Awards

Conflicting stories abound, but right now, the consensus seems to be that Garner is pissed about the relationship, which lends credence to the theory that it overlapped with her marriage.

One insider tells Radar Online that Ben and Lindsay hit it off from the first time they met, and 

“There was an immediate spark,” says a source close to the situation.

“Ben and Lindsay flirted and stayed in touch through Ben’s appearances on SNL.”

Apparently, Affleck and Shookus weren't great at keeping things on the down-low, and Jen found out about the affair after realizing that Ben had made several extravagant jewelry purchases.

“Jen met face-to-face with Lindsay and demanded she return the jewelry,” the source revealed.

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“Lindsay says she’d return it, but only if Ben asked for it back.”

Yes, the insider claims there was an actual face-to-face confrontation between Garner and Shookus.

Sounds like things came close to getting very ugly.

Fortunately, Garner didn't feel the need to fake her own death and frame Ben for the murder.

Sorry, but it's impossible to hear news of Ben Affleck marital troubles and not think of Gone Girl.

Ben Affleck Securing ‘SNL’ Hall of Fame Spot By Dating Producer

Get ready to see a lot more disappointing episodes of Saturday Night Live hosted by Ben Affleck. According to the latest report from PEOPLE, Affleck is dating SNL producer Lindsay Shookus.

I promise everyone that this won’t end well. Not because Ben Affleck relationships haven’t tended to end well, but because no SNL sketch ever ends well.

They just kind of say a line that sort of fits in and cut away.

Affleck and Shookus have been spotted hanging out in Los Angeles recently, where Affleck currently resides. Shookus has been sleeping at Affleck’s place, they’ve gone to dinner together, she’s met Matt Damon. The typical stuff Affleck does with the women he’s courting.

Affleck and ex-wife Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce a few months ago.

The bad news for Shookus is that her first name is Lindsay, not Jennifer, which means that this will be nothing more than a dating project for Affleck.

Shookus was previously married to fellow SNL producer Kevin Miller. The two have a child together and there’s no word yet if Shookus’ kid and Affleck’s kids have met each other. Or Affleck’s nanny.

Affleck is part of the SNL five-timers club, but hasn’t hosted the show since 2013. Either that will change next season or we’ll never see him on SNL again.

21 Actors Who Should Never Shave. Like, EVER.

The following actors should always be involved in hairy situations.

When it comes to their faces, that is.

Because while some men look disheveled and unprofessional while rocking a beard and/or a mustache, these men manage to look more distinguished and dapper.

Don't you agree? (Yes, it does help that they are exceptional human specimens to begin with, we acknowledge this.)

1. Bradley Cooper

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Unlike many men, Bradley Cooper looks more put together and somehow better groomed when he does have a beard and mustache.

2. Gerard Butler

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That first guy? We're not scared of him at all. That secod guy? Yikes! He could lead a small army into battle... and win!

3. Kit Harington

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We would not follow a shaven Jon Snow into battle. But we'd die on The Wall if Kit Harington sported a beard and then asked us to.

4. Joe Manganiello

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The dude on the left is sweet and innocent. The guy on the right will bend you over the bed and... nevermind.

5. Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Gosling adds a hint of maturity and sexuality when he grows out his facial hair, wouldn't you say?

6. Johnny Depp

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Really, Depp simply looks best as Captain Jack Sparrow. But he has a beard!
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13 Most Boring Break-Ups of All-Time

We'll be honest:

As a celebrity gossip website, we like it when couples break up and hurl insults at each other and act all immature and petty and bitter.

But it can also be refreshing to see stars as like fully-formed, fair and reasonable adults.

Just consider the amicable terms on which the following stars split from each other:

1. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

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Affleck and Garner split in June of 2015, but kept hanging out together. She finally filed for divorce nearly two years later, but it was so amicable, the pair aren't even using attorneys.

2. Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

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Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney cooled their relationship off when it became apparent that their rigorous schedules were becoming a bit much. Gaga also said she wanted everyone to root them on. Something tells us they will be back together at some point.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

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Gwyneth likes to imply that she can do things better than everybody else, so it came as no surprise that she and Chris parted amicably. She wanted to prove that she's above all petty nonsense.

4. Hillary Duff and Mike Comrie

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Hillary and Mike called time on their relationship in 2014 and have remained close ever since.

5. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

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Their relationship coming to an end was hardly shocking, but they were surprisingly amicable about all of it.

6. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfedlt

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfedlt kept it classy when they parted ways in September 2016.
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Ben Affleck Got Out of Rehab for Alcohol Addiction

Everybody in Hollywood is addicted to something.

You’d think it was some town of 40 people in Appalachia or something.

In a recent Facebook post, Affleck announced that he’s completed another stint in rehab for alcohol addiction, which he has struggled with throughout his life.

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”

Affleck previously went to rehab in 2001 at age 29 for similar issues.

“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.”

In 2015, Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner, announced that they were separating, but so far nothing has been finalized. His last film, the Warner Bros. gangster flick Live By Night, tanked critically and at the box office, and he got replaced to direct the next Batman flick.

Ben Affleck and his tramp stamp are having a bad time.

But kudos to him for getting his shit together. Addiction is a bitch.