Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus spent the weekend in Vegas, are now back in LA

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus grab a piece of pizza
People Magazine has exclusive details about Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus’s weekend together in Vegas along with paparazzi photos of them looking matchy while out in LA earlier on Monday. They also went to dinner in LA last night, where multiple paparazzi agencies got the photos of them coming out of the restaurant with leftovers.

Prior to that we saw SNL producer Shookus flying out of LAX Friday morning after we learned that she was dating Affleck. I thought those two might take a break from each other but apparently not. They went to Vegas over the weekend and then returned to LA where Lindsay reportedly had a business meeting. People has the details, including the photos of the two of them getting coffee in LA. The photos of Lindsay alone (below) are of her leaving Ben’s house on Monday, but she went back and they went out to dinner. When is the last time you saw Ben beaming like this with Jen?

Ben Affleck and his new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus are back in Los Angeles after spending time in Las Vegas.

The two were spotted grabbing coffee at Starbucks in matching black outfits Monday morning.

“Ben and Lindsay both returned to L.A.from Las Vegas yesterday,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Lindsay spent the night at Ben’s house. She had a business meeting this morning. She is in a great mood.”

Shookus was spotted headed to a studio Monday morning as a source tells PEOPLE the two are spending time together in L.A. again. The Saturday Night Live producer was seen flying out of the city Friday morning as news of the relationship broke.

Shookus was seen beaming Monday as she made her way to a meeting in L.A. The producer kept it casual with a loose black dress and a jean jacket over her shoulders paired with peach flats and black sunglasses.

“She’s out in LA for work,” a source close to Shookus tells PEOPLE. “The plus is that the guy that she’s seeing is there, but she’s there for work meetings.”

[From People]

There’s more in there which we’ve heard before, about how an Affleck source claims they didn’t start dating until they both were separated while multiple sources confirm that the relationship started in 2013. So is this Ben easing the public into his “new” girlfriend? As I’ve mentioned, I think she’s the side piece was willing to put up with his bullsh-t the longest, although Garner will likely always hold that dubious honor. It’s also possible Lindsay is spilling to the press, given that some quotes are sourced to her side “She’s out in LA for work. The plus is that the guy that she’s seeing is there, but she’s there for work meetings.” Such a cool chick but she’s not an attention-seeker, or if she was she put a lock down on her social media before the story came out. She doesn’t have a public Instagram, Twitter or Facebook that I can find. This is the payoff for hanging around and dealing with Affleck on his terms for years. There must be perks to dating Affleck like amazing vacations, shopping, private jets, etc. That is until he finds the next shiny thing to distract him. He needs a replacement for Garner now and it looks like he found her and created a new job opening. Do you think he’s still sober?

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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus grab a piece of pizza

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Photos credit: Backgrid, WENN and Pacific Coast News

 

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263 Responses to “Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus spent the weekend in Vegas, are now back in LA”

  1. Nicole says:

    Wow they really are trying to play this as a “new” relationship. He does know that no one is buying this right? Sometimes I wonder why some PR people are bad at reading public sentiment

  2. Merritt says:

    His face looks bloated, the beard isn’t hiding that as well as he thinks it does. He is probably not sober right now. Also Vegas is the worst place for someone with known gambling issues.

    • Kate says:

      An allegedly recovering addict in Vegas? What could go wrong?

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, you can really see it around his eyes. Doesn’t look healthy at all. And he’s looking so disheveled and wet (?!) leaving that cafe. Messy.

    • elle says:

      And the phony smiles (now laugh uproariously!) from the Jen PR playbook, plus photos of every. single. outing. in LA (no more sneaking around!) don’t look staged/forced at all. How romantic.

      No handholding or gazing at each other. Can’t you just sense the obvious chemistry? (No? Maybe you’re not looking closely enough…)

      Seriously, though, no matter whether it was booze or pills, his uncomfortable appearance, limos everywhere, trip to Vegas, and now his *new* GF from when he was not sober ALL suggest that he has relapsed in a big way – this does not look good.

      Already, I miss the Ben from one month ago pictured on his DRC trip. Where did that guy go?

    • Lasso says:

      His face? What about his Tshirt? Does his straw have a hole in it? Was he feeding infants triplets? He is not sober. And I agree this girl is probably a high functioning party girl which is probably what he sees in her.

    • Artemis says:

      LMAO that man is NOT sober! That face is not a sober face. His weight has been fluctuating too rapidly.

      This is also not the first time he’s been to Vegas, remember him and Ezra Miller at Ceasars Palace?…and people had the nerve to swear up and down that he was only there for work and he might have been drinking a non-alcoholic drink?
      https://imblonde.tumblr.com/post/159238161742/ben-affleck-and-ezra-miller-together-at-ceasars
      2 weeks after these pics, Garner filed for divorce.

      I think we’re seeing Affleck at peak Affleck: super self-destructive and selfish. He tried for a limited time to pretend that he’s isn’t messy with the rehab stint and was dialing down the work commitments but his next choices where to pop up at that Cinemacon and choose to go to a casino. Around that same time, him and Shookus also ‘started dating’. The red flags where everywhere and while I don’t wish addiction on anybody, Affleck really made choices beyond that which only exacerbated his vices. Nobody held a gun to his head when he was cheating, putting that tattoo on his back, working too much etc. This is who he is. Just like Pitt is who he is and Depp and all those other aging men who think they’re better than their vices but who succumb to them all the time and who are forgiven all the time.

      Affleck will never be happy imo, it’s one thing to be addicted but Fincher’s quote about him (re: Gone Girl and cheating), you can tell that this man is not a good person. Fincher tore him to shreds and I believe him. For another man to say those things… especially about his lead actor. He seems incredible toxic and quite miserable through no fault but his own. Just like all the other aging Hollywood actors, how many years are they granted before we can call them what they are? Scum.

      And what he has with Shookus is currently a high from not having to sneak around and thinking they can be legit now. It will end soon because a normal relationship is not something these people can do, it doesn’t give them any satisfaction. Garner can’t keep him in check anymore, it will only go downhill from there (see also Depp who didn’t have Paradis to keep him in check).

      @Lasso: omg yeah, that’s what I noticed too. A sweaty drunk douche. A fratboy. Yuck.

      • Cheri says:

        ITA! This is a partying relationship. And like you said “a normal relationship is not something these people can do, it doesn’t give them any satisfaction.” Yup! Ben has to live on the edge, gamble, do drugs, drink, sneak around on his wife and kids, screw the nanny in their home…THESE are the things that give him satisfaction. He’s probably eyeing this woman’s nanny right now.

    • Chaine says:

      Chipmunk cheeks. And he’s not “beaming,” looks more like a grimace to me.

    • Lucy says:

      That man is NOT sober! His puffy, red, swollen eyes say differently. This is not good for the kids, the spiral of having a dad sober/off the wagon soo much is soo damaging. I grew up with an alcoholic father and even to this day he won’t admit his problems, we barely speak as is. Ben seems to not have any incentive to try and get his shit together and clean himself up.

    • Micki says:

      @Merritt: good try, but this man looks 10 times worse than Ben, has 160 Mil. and has no problem to find a new partner for the Wiener Ball. Yearly. Also married twice…Money and power are such a perfect make-up for a bloated face, you won’t believe it.

      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lugner

  3. grabbyhands says:

    God, he’s so gross in so many ways. It’s one thing to leave your marriage if you”re unhappy, but to cheat on your spouse with HIM? He’s still a mess and seems firmly stuck in the middle of a mid life crisis. I could see a lot of drama coming out of this.

    • INeedANap says:

      To her I say — if he cheats with you, he’ll cheat on you.

      And he looks awful. His hard-partying ways are catching up to him.

      • Grapefruit says:

        +1 This is one hard midlife crisis! She’s a fool, but I don’t think she cares. They both look worse for the wear. Alcohol messes up your skin and face so badly. For his team to keep pushing her professional life so hard, I certainly am not buying it. SNL is known for their parties and substance abuse issues both the cast and the crew so it’s amazing to me that his team thinks the public will buy into any of this. Oy vey what a hot mess.

      • KB says:

        Or just, if he’s cheated on you before, he’ll do it again. The nanny thing happened after he was hooking up with her.

    • Teebee says:

      She’s getting mid life crisis Ben. Not a good look. But then again I suspect he’s a charmer. I am always surprised by the “next” woman in a man’s life that may have done a once good marriage/relationship wrong. I wonder how they make sense of behaviour that they wouldn’t tolerate themselves, yet they are taking in the very same person capable of such major hurt… sadly, women always think they can change someone, that they’re better than the “ex”.

      For what it’s worth, Ben probably thinks Shookus is a better fit for him. Instead of a too young starlet, it’s interesting he’s chosen a woman who is probably pithy, NY based, with late night comedy chops. Even if it’s not a long term thing, I don’t doubt he’s having fun.

  4. BlueSky says:

    Yeah he looks completely sober 🙄

  5. Kate says:

    He really does not give a f*ck. I woner what Jen will say, do, leak next.

  6. diaphenes says:

    Is it raining or is that sweat? And what’s going on with his face?!??

  7. Karen says:

    Why is he all wet after dinner? He always looks so sweaty and sticky lately. Not a good look.

    Vegas and sobriety (for alcohol or gambling) do not go hand in hand. Def a wannabe cool girl, who lets him drink and gamble without harping on him like that other not so cool one. Ugh.

  8. Sansa says:

    Looks like the first days of a full oxi script in full bloom.

  9. nemera34 says:

    I’ve been thinking about Ben/Lindsay and Jennifer. In the world of Hollywood it is clear that the interest will be on Ben and Lindsay. They are the new thing in all of this. Cameras will be following them and watching their interaction. We will be seeing when they hold hands for the first time or kiss or when is their first RC together. Movie Premiers, Awards ceremonies. When will she be seen out with Ben and the kids, will he be seen with her daughter. Will there be group vacations. How do his kids get along with her daughter.. So much gossip. And then there is Jennifer. Honestly for me Garner is only interesting in relationship to her being the long suffering wife of Ben. And after Ben there is what there has always been with Jennifer. Her being the perfect Mom.. out shopping, going to the gym, smiling and doing Mommy stuff. I don’t think the cameras are going to be as fascinated with her after Ben. Jennifer is not a big Movie Star or TV Star at this point. She is not making Oscar worthy films. And the Mom Role she plays is not good for gossip without Ben. I think about other women after divorce or breakups and what they do. Look at JLo, Kate H, Heidi K and others. .they really don’t play up the I’m the good Mom thing. They took another route. I just don’t think the I’m the greatest Mom angle holds the interest for that long. I’m reminded of Katie Holmes. Who it seems was only interesting as it related to Tom. Ones she left Tom and everyone was all GO KATIE. .no one really cares.. even when there is some story of her with Jamie Foxx.. nothing. All eyes are on Ben and Lindsay. And Lindsay has some baggage so it makes it all more titillating. I know people are applauding Jennifer for “dishing” dirt on Ben. But what other dirt do we need. Everyone thought Ben was a cheat and had issues. So what more do we need to know. I think Jennifer needs to do what she is doing; take care of their children but also move outside of being Ben’s wronged wife. Nicole Kidman did the best thing; went to work and won that Oscar. Not much talk about her and Tom after that.

    • Sami says:

      Its always best to distance your brand from your ex when you are done, otherwise he overshadows everything you ever do. That said, Jen has significant following in mommy circles. She will continue to get coverage especially if she sells it as “single mother attempting to co-parent with a louse”. When that story grows stale, she can have a dramatic style change which she will sell as “rediscovering your sexy after marriage”. And when that grows old, she can start dating. It will be a much younger guy to start with and then an older established man who we will all speculate her marrying. Honestly, she has at least five years of continued tabloid coverage. Once she clocks fifty, of course the attention will drop as it does for them all.

    • Originaltessa says:

      Jen will be fine. She’s not untalented, and is very very pretty, she always has been. There’s a future for her somewhere in Hollywood, even as a woman over 40. Maybe a TV role or just continue playing mom’s in Christian films. People like her. She’s fine.

    • Artemis says:

      Of course for gossip and tabloids it’s better and more interesting to be messy. But Garner can work consistently and doesn’t need that coverage tbh. She reminds me in a way of Aniston who people put down all the time because she wasn’t an A-list actor but look at her life, it’s sooo much better than Pitt’s and she’s still making money and doing her thing. You don’t have to be A-list or in the news 24/7 to be considered valuable. Many actors who are clearly boring: Anna Kendrick, Jessica Chastain are working actors. In the end that’s all that matters as you don’t want bad PR to follow you every week.

      For Garner, she got rid of the baggage and for her personal life that’s so much better than to worry about messy tabloid PR to seem more interesting. That’s never a good look anyway!
      As for Katie, she’s just not a good actress. Garner worked less because of her family, she said that herself. She can work more if she wants to, sometimes it’s choice. I personally have 0 interest in her films (she used to be pick better projects) but I read that apparently she’s got support from Christian mommy bloggers and that some Christian indie outperformed because of it so there you go I suppose.

    • Karen says:

      I see jen ending up with some rich venture capitolist. Idk i just think her actor dating is done.

      I see her going more the Jessica Alba or Reese Witherspoon route with her career, and heavily lean in to a niche she finds within the mommy market.

      • elle says:

        I can see that. She said once years ago (after Alias and around when Violet was born) she might want to get an MBA. So a wealthy techie, the kind you might find staying at their members-only club homes in Montana and the Bahamas, would be perfect for her.

    • Mannori says:

      Robin Wright did it too, just like Nicole: went back to work and now is doing great. But here’s the thing: Garner doesn’t have the talent of Kidman or Wright. Nicole had a little help also because she loves to be the center of attention, high fashion endorsements and stuff. Wright did it based on her work alone. But sadly I can’t see Garner having a career resurgence like those women. It takes talent to make the right headlines. I can see Garner instead going the Goop route (I think Paltrow is not talented actress at all, her Oscar was pure PR and hustling) with some lifestyle stuff, or maybe even kids related stuff, a fashion clothesline for kids, children bedtime stories, stuff like that. Or if she’s really bold and smart, use that divorce settlement money to create her own producing company and focus on good projects, maybe helping other women in the business, as Reese Witherspoon is successfully doing.

      • Lisa says:

        She’s just as talented as Robin Wright – who really didn’t get back into acting until her kids were older, and didn’t retain much of the heat from her younger movies and had to start over. I remember JEnnifer saying if she didn’t act she’d like to go back to school to get her Masters – but I see it in education – that’s her focus now. She lobbies Congress and her home state for more early childhood education funding as ambassador for Save the Children.

      • Kath says:

        I totally disagree. Jennifer actually has talent. She was the best thing in Juno, IMO, and was awesome in Alias. She was also good in her earlier films (Catch and Release). She’ll be fine.

      • Mannori says:

        Lisa and Kath well then we’ll have to agree to disagree because Jennifer has never been praised by her acting chops, unlike Wright and Kidman. The proof is that to both of them it took just a couple of years after to make a comeback based on their work alone. I guess you are Jen’s fans and that’s ok, anyone has the right to sees their faves under a different light, but I’d say that widely in the industry and media outlets Wright and Kidman enjoy a respect and consideration that Jennifer never had. Having said this, nothing excludes that Jennifer could find the right project and make a 180° turn a-la Matthew MacCoughnahey and gain praise and recognition as a thespian. But so far, nothing would indicate this could happen anytime soon. I’m not even sure if her ambition is to have that kind of recognition.

  10. minx says:

    His face, wtf?! These are the best pictures of her I’ve seen.

    • Paty Kerry says:

      I know – he has totally messed with his face. He looked awful on a Graham Norton show I saw recently – could barely move his face at all. I don’t know if it’s too much Botox or a tight facelift or both. But I wish he’d kept his original looks.

  11. Idky says:

    I actually feel sorry for him. He is an a** by all accounts but he needs serious help. Seems like he doesn’t know how to manage his own life.

  12. Sullivan says:

    He’s so unappealing. Why would she go out with this mess of a man with a plane-load of baggage. For fun? How much fun can this guy be?

  13. Maria says:

    Does anyone know what is on her leg in the picture with the dress?

  14. Adele Dazeem says:

    I feel like this is Ben showing Jen he can play her PR games too. When has he EVER beamed at the paps? This Lindsay chick *thinks* she’s really smart. I halfway feel sorry for her. Halfway.

    • Kate says:

      Ben THINKS he can play pr games but he’s no match to Amazing Jen. Honestly, compare the rollout of this new relationship with the post-rehab’s annoucement when she still had her back. Night and day.

      • Jeesie says:

        In the end though, Ben is the A-Lister with the high profile career, while Jen is not far off making Lifetime movie’s of the week.

        Unless she can revamp her career or keep dragging out this endless breakup for publicity, at some point people are going to lose interest in her and Ben will win by default of remaining relevant.

      • Kate says:

        She can drag her breakup for a long time. Jen Anniston did it just fine and her marriage did not last as long as Garner’s, plus no kids. Expect a People cover ‘Just Jen: Five years after Ben’.

      • holly hobby says:

        I don’t know how much longer Ben can hold onto that “A-list” status. He isn’t looking too appealing right now. Oh yeah, bring back Christian Bale for Batman and I would watch Justice League. I could not finish Superman/Batman – even with Wonder Woman in it.

      • Mannori says:

        @holly hobby I thought that after Light by Night bombed both critically and commercially, and he was “freed” of his directorial gig for The Batman and both BvS and Suicide Squad bombed critically, and all his tabloid shenanigans and cheating scandals, I thought his status would suffer at least a bit. But of course no, of course he’s still an A lister and shitty movies like The Accountant get a sequel just because it performed *just* well. the DC movies were terrible but made money so is all good for white dudes with endless opportunities in Hollywood. Had he been an actress his career would be done.

    • Sami says:

      I know. “Homely mom” Jen will crush them at this game. Jen is a master at image.

  15. Ninks says:

    She might not be an attention seeker, but it looks like she’s loving it all the same.

    They seem like they deserve each other.

  16. Luca76 says:

    Hmm i mean he’s an ass. But people are acting like they didn’t announce a separation over a year ago. It really doesn’t even matter that she was always one in the rotation. He was never faithful and will continue to rut around as usual out from under Jen’s apron strings. Nothing to see here folks.

  17. Amelia says:

    I’m in a bad mood so I’m just going to say what I think. Her hair is awful, she looks like his blonde twin and I don’t mean that nicely. And I can’t stand bc the more that we see this side of Ben, the more I’m convinced he’s a lot more like his a$$hat brother. And to that point, what could make Jen stay with him that long? I’m not putting the blame on her or something, just really want to know. Oh and no, he’s not sober. He’s bloating again and agree with posters above, whys he so sweaty?

  18. Idky says:

    Obviously they know JG went to the media and “outed” them after Ben went public with their relationship, so now they are throwing this in her face. More loved up outings to come.

    Side note: I have never seen Ben smile this broadly with JG.

  19. Originaltessa says:

    Vegas? Seriously? Haha, ok. Sounds about right. Nice sober town that Las Vegas.

  20. Jerusha says:

    He looks so buzzed in those photos.

  21. Mis4s says:

    I will admit to being surprised about one thing, when he gets out of his marriage of all his rumoured and confirmed side-pieces he goes serious with the late 30s, not especially attractive, divorced mother and businesswoman. He’s trash, but apparently age-appropriate conscious trash.

    Leonardo DiCaprio would not approve!

    Although at least a child-free, 20-something model would make more sense following a known addict around and to Vegas. This woman? There is a screw loose somewhere.

  22. lola says:

    She is the double of Amy Smart!!

  23. Joni says:

    Haha, Ben has really lost his mind. I think he really resents Jen and enjoys humiliating her.

  24. Rhiley says:

    Serious question, why would sober people go to Vegas? What is there besides booze and casinos? I went to Circus Circus as a child, but as an adult I have no desire to go to Vegas because I don’t drink or gamble, and it just doesn’t seem to have anything else to offer. Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the shows, past and present,re. but aren’t the shows really expensive? And I doubt BA is going for the shows.

    • minx says:

      My family flew into Las Vegas and stayed there one night on our way to see the Grand Canyon. When you get away from the glitzy center of town it’s depressing. Lots of pawn shops, gambling addiction/alcohol abuse referral numbers are everywhere. At night it looks glamorous, in the harsh light of day, no.

    • Chaine says:

      I’ve had to go there for work conferences. It’s absolutely dreadful, no redeeming qualities.

    • Christin says:

      My boss told me before I had to go to a work conference in Vegas — everyone should see it once. Once had been enough for him, as it was for me and my spouse who tagged along.

      The size of the major hotel-casinos was incredible, and of course it’s gambling and alcohol everywhere. I’m glad a co-worker warned me about the ‘cards’ on the street. People would try to hand or flip what looked like trading cards at you as you walked the strip. They were escort cards, with a photo of a scantily dressed woman and the contact info. Even a young boy of maybe 13 or 14 was handing them out.

    • Cee says:

      I went once with my parents and siblings and we had the best time ever watching Rod Stewart live, the multiple Cirq du Soleils (loved Michael Jackson’s) and doing a spot of shopping, etc. I never once stepped into a casino. We ate good food, lounged by the pool, enjoyed the spa and attended shows at night. You can definitely visit and be sober AND have a great time.

    • tracking says:

      Even if he doesn’t drink (ha ha, I know), he certainly does gamble now that the killjoy wife no longer puts the kabosh on his fun. Such a man-child.

  25. Jerusha says:

    How much longer for the ridiculous, overpriced ripped jeans fashion?

  26. Sage says:

    Definitely not sober. He looks a bloated, sweaty mess. Really disgusting. I did feel sympathetic to him for a bit cause he seemed to be trying to get help for his addictions. But that was probably all Jennifer giving him an ultimatum. Ben doesn’t want to help himself.

    Jennifer must feel really stupid for stroking his ego the last couple years because he is letting everyone know that he has no respect for the mother of his kids.

  27. pzc says:

    He looks like my brother-in-law, an alcoholic with about 10% liver function. This is not the body of a sober man.

  28. Lisa says:

    There were 3 pap strolls yesterday. Three! Ben is such a tabloid seeker. Everyone blamed JLo, Jen, etc. for the attention seeking but it was HIM. Like someone said, he can keep under the radar — when he WANTS to. The tabloids have been good this week, next I want them to dig up why someone who loves to drive like Ben is suddenly taking limos everywhere. I know there’s got to be dirt there. And This flying to Las Vegas over the weekend – sad

    • RoseR says:

      They always blame the women. Give it some time they will be blaming Lindsay too. Ben is a headcase. Me thinks he is a damaged person.

    • Artemis says:

      Jlo said Affleck loved the fact that she dressed him up, changed his image to a leading man and that they were glamorous together. He lapped it up. It was only when his career was tanking that he was not cool with slapping Jlo on the bum in one one of her music videos. Then in later years he almost cried about his horrible time dating one of the most beautiful entertainers in the business …like it was such a hard time for him *eyeroll*

    • Mannori says:

      I’ve noticed that too. He used a driver randomly first, just weeks ago when he and Seraphina went to therapy together (IMO Seraphina is the one struggling the most with the divorce, she wasn’t last week when Garner dropped the kids at the Brentwood Country Mart and Affleck took him home, just Violet and Sam) and now is almost every time he goes out: always with a driver. Plus all the other red flags, he’s boozing (and probably more than just booze) again.

    • justnowcurious says:

      Thank you. I have been saying the same thing. What happened to the Bentley and the muscle cars? DUI? Revoked license? Wreck? Mental instability? Who takes a limo to a pizza joint or out for coffee?

      • tina says:

        He even took a limo when he joined Jennifer at Seraphina’s icecream social. Last year they would have gone together. He was definitely showing off the Bentleys after rehab. Maybe he is being drug-tested and failed one? Years ago there was a blind that said he was pulled over with Jennifer Garner in the car and the officer had her drive instead of ticketing him.

  29. Jeesie says:

    I don’t think he’s been sober (for more than a few weeks here and there) for a very long time.

    He’s always had very obvious issues with alcohol (that go along with the gambling), but for the last 5 years, starting from around the time he was promoting Argo, he’s also looked high, glassy eyed, clammy and pallid a lot of the time. Not a healthy man. Definitely not a sober man.

  30. Guest says:

    Is he still friends with Matt Damon? Matt seems to be the complete opposite

  31. TheOtherOne says:

    Please don’t yell at me but I kind of like them together. As long as he and Jen are finally done I’m just glad one of them moved on. Whether he cheats, etc I don’t care. As long as this two-year back and forth will she or won’t she divorce Ben narrative is over I’m happy.

  32. Alexandria says:

    I just hope that J Lo doesn’t hook up with him again since her man radar is already quite broken.

  33. Jordan Hill says:

    As Lainey would say, Hes got Major Karma Face

    • Grapefruit says:

      @Jordan Hill LOL. Such Karma Face. Lainey’s write-up today nailed it on the head. He LOVES to build himself back up. We’re watching it in action. He’s so messy. Can’t even do a pap stroll correctly without a messy shirt. Lindsay also looks a mess and has some Karma Face herself, lol.

  34. RoseR says:

    A car crash. A train wreck.
    He looks terrible, bloated, also drunk and high. She is below average in looks.
    If this is to get under Jen’s skin it speaks volume of his maturity or lack of. For Godssakes you are a father of 3. He is not humiliating Jen. He is humiliating himself because this isn’t a good look for HIM.
    He should learn a thing or two from Brad on how to move on with class.

  35. elle says:

    He looks like he’s fallen hard – off the wagon, that is, and now he’s dragging his old self behind it.

    Seriously, though, this is just so messy and sad, I wish he would go back to Utah…for the next 3 months.

  36. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    He looks like he’s been up for 4 days straight. Wth with his wet shirt? Ughhh

  37. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I’ll just say it. She looks a damn mess too.

  38. Grapefruit says:

    Wow. ANOTHER pap stroll?! How many have we had since Friday? Oh but he “hates” the tabloids. Yeah, sure, ok. His PR team is really laying it on thick. He looks like he’s fallen off the wagon hard. What’s with the wet shirt? What’s with the glassy eyes? What’s with the bloated face? She looks totally smitten like she’s getting away with something. I get the vibe that she’s a high-functioning party girl especially because they’re trying so hard to tell us the opposite, that she’s the “girl next door” and is “loyal” (HA! I wonder what her ex-husband has to say about that) and she’s the consummate professional, only in LA for work (pfffft WHO is buying that). She’s loving the attention even if it’s negative because now she can step out of the shadows with the guy who likely promised her the world. I don’t blame her – the A list celeb benefits must be legit. But I don’t see any chemistry. Not even regular handholding. It looks so awkward, staged and cheap. We are watching him relapse openly and he doesn’t’ seem to give AF. Also, something must have gone down with his license. Limos? Is it prom season?
    Sure, a trip to Vegas for a recovering addict is a splendid idea. Sounds like he’s falling back on gambling again, that is if he ever stopped. And she seems to be just like him – four-year-old daughter who she just flies back to drop in, see then leave? Yikes.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      All.of.this.

      Also, his PR is so obvious and tone deaf. It’s pretty obvious that Ben is in a full on relapse and they’re trying to roll out a new “romance”? The man should be in rehab.

      • Grapefruit says:

        @Sophia I completely agree. He did that month long rehab “treatment,” whatever the F that means, just to make sure he didn’t lose custody of his kids entirely. Not that he wants them 24/7 by any means, but he likes to be the cool drive-by dad who loves them enough to swing by for some school drop-offs and farmers market visits. Seems like Lindsay is the same with her kid. But Vegas? Seriously? The worst place ever for a recovering addict to go!? He’s hitting this midlife crisis hard and with a full bottle. She’s the cool girl for sure, in her mind, enabling him and not nagging him to quit drinking, getting high, gambling, cheating, etc. He so clearly loves the high he gets from creating tabloid-worthy gossip about himself then playing the victim. Why else did he get that god awful tattoo? He really thinks he’s a phoenix rising from the ash – but the ash of his own creation. He LOVES to make a comeback. Always has, always will. He’s addicted to that gambling-like high. I mean, if he really cared about her and was in fact “in love” and ready to name her THE new girlfriend and go public, then one would think you’d prefer to have that happen under the best conditions possible. Instead, the public’s first impression of her is this high functioning party girl worthy of SNL-level parties who also is a doormat for having stuck around for the last 3+ years as The Other Woman (actually, ONE of The Other Women because he got hoes in area codes like what, lol) who happens to be a cheater, too. In what world that sounded like a story or should I say “romance” to run with as a PR person I will never, ever know. He’s such a complete disappointment.

    • elle says:

      The thing that worries me about his IDGAF attitude (buying a pair of Bentleys, taking up w/his affair in a show of defiance, going back to the boozing/drugs/gambling, etc.) is that maybe he really has given up, and I fear he’s self-destructing on purpose before our very eyes.

  39. Jenfan says:

    Just saw that Ben Affleck is being honored at the Starkey Gala in MN this weekend. Interestingly Jen Garner had that honor last year. Will Ben walk that red carpet with Lindsay?

    • Ana says:

      They should revoke it. It would be a shame to bring this trainwreck to that kind of event and honoring him at same time. This is another PR move.

    • Mannori says:

      mm..Interesting…I take this as his PR team “suggested him” for the honor and of course a such a humble and non famous awards committee like the Starkey Gala In MN won’t dare to say no to an Alister. But why? because he’s trying his best to hurt Jennifer but strutting his mistress all over LA, bringing her to his gambling sessions and doing everything with Lidnsay with a smile, unlike when they were together. If Garner took this humble award last year he can take it too!

  40. Monsy says:

    Now that shes the official gf, now theres’ a vacancy for a sidepiece. Im sure Ben is already working on it

  41. Cee says:

    Look, I’m currently dating a recovering addict (drugs, 2 years clean, still in therapy and groups, etc etc etc) and the worst thing possible for him would be to 1) go to a place like Vegas, where drugs, alcohol and gambling are everywhere you turn, and 2) date someone who will enable him. I even stopped drinking wine when we’re together because even though his problem was never alcohol it’s how it usually begins.

    Affleck has 3 kids to think about so I sincerely hope this woman is a GOOD influence before he goes off the rails yet again.

  42. Christin says:

    Where oh where did the nanny go? Christine, please show up in your used convertible again. It’s been two years since those pap strolls. Did she get a payoff, or is she still in the side piece stable?

    • Ana says:

      There was a blind yesterday that Ben is still seeing the nanny, plus this new chick.

      Also, am I the only one seeing that this new GF is also a trainwreck? Yesterday, she was photographed with stringy hair, laughing like a loon and her face really looks rough. Is she on with something like Ben?

      • Christin says:

        Interesting. As for the newly revealed flame, she might not partake to his level, but likely fully goes along with it. Neither looks great in these little happy excursion photos.

      • Grapefruit says:

        @Ana where is this blind? Blinds are so fun to read. Please share. :-) Also, you are so not alone in thinking this GF is a trainwreck. She’s a hot mess, likely not to his level of messy, but not too far above it so that she can still hang with him and be “cool.” >insert eye roll<

  43. angie0717 says:

    I hate everything about this. And yes, he looks like he smoked a big fat spliff.

  44. Ana says:

    Private jets, expensive gems, Hollywood connections, over the top vacations, etc. I would say Lindsay is enjoying the high life of the rich and the famous. What is there not to like? She is only an SNL Producer and I know for a fact, what she earns and what she is worth is not that much compared to say JG, JLO or even Goop. This new chick loves the high life and a known partier in NY scene. Great choice Ben! Enjoy!

  45. Jenfan says:

    Everyone is all over this right now (and yes a lot of us are sick uch!). But that will pass – people were up on arms when Brad got together with Angelina – and they became the “it” couple until they were not.
    Ben go be happy with your new chick – but please go back to your non-pap ways and stop sticking it in our faces. The only ones I feel for here are his kids – Violet at the least has friends that are on the internet or watch TV – and could totally be telling her everything going on – even if Jen is somehow able to keep them media free.

  46. Nicky says:

    I wish we could have proper movie stars like from the 50′s and 60′s instead of this mess.

    • Jerusha says:

      The Debbie/Eddie/Liz/Burton years were epic. I was a teenager then and it was worldwide scandal. Memories.

    • Grapefruit says:

      @Nicky OMG YES. Give me some old school stars even further back than the 50s. The silver and golden age of Hollywood. I’d love some Joan, Bette, Liz, Marilyn, Joan, Grace, Clark, Cary, Rock – don’t make ‘em like that anymore! I grew up watching old movies with my grandmother (I’m in my 30s) and boy do I wish I was born in another era to have enjoyed all that glam.

      • nemera34 says:

        I love old movies myself.. but reality check here..
        Those stars of long ago had he exact same issues. None of them were perfect. And as time moved on we learned how imperfect there were. Stars are no different than any of us posting. They are just in the spotlight. I know lots of people with messy lives. It is just not making gossip headlines.

      • Nicky says:

        Totally agree, they all had the same dramas and scandals but the stars in those days actually had star quality and had a bit of mystery and took a bit of pride in their appearance. I can’t see it with him, just looks like a random sweaty guy. I’m just trying to think who has “it” today, maybe Mads Mikkelsen? Can’t think of anyone else at the mo..

      • nemera34 says:

        @nicky..
        That was a different time. People dressed more formally. Those times are over. I don’t know if it was “pride” as more what you did at that time. And there could be mystery because Stars belonged to the Studios. The Studios created the package and sold it to the public. The Stars of that time were manufactured. To be honest today Stars are what they make of themselves. Which is why you have The Kardashians being considered Stars.
        With Ben; if he loses some weight and gets in a nice suit for a RC.. people will be saying how great he looks. Oh Ben got his Hot back. That is just how it goes. And if he wasn’t looking such a mess the word would be OH look how much better he looks without Jen.

      • Nicky says:

        Yes that’s true. Things are very different today, this is the norm, this is how they sell stuff, personally, it is not doing it for me. I spend less and less every year on cinema trips etc. And am rarely excited to see a film or about an actor. Never watch reality stuff. I’ve never been A Ben fan so maybe this story is good publicity for him and his fans and its just me being grumpy!

      • Christin says:

        I still watch classic movies every week. Many stars were messy, but kept a better lid on it. Some of the B-listers, though, were relatively normal. My mother had movie magazine clippings of 1950s stars, and I loved looking through them with her. Turns out our common crush was Jeffrey Hunter (incredibly handsome, died young).

        So many memorable actors from that time. Not sure Benny boy would have even been noticed during that era.

      • Nicky says:

        Christin, I just looked up Jeffrey Hunter. I had never heard of him. What a handsome and lovely man and so sad what happened to him. I will look out for his films.

  47. Bliss 51 says:

    Sitting here reading and eating my popcorn.

  48. tracking says:

    Two peas in a pod. This will end well.

  49. elle says:

    So People is now selling these photos hard, saying “they had the best time.”

    Eh, it looks like a low-key evening to me, but I guess if one of them is high…

  50. Alyssa MacRay says:

    I’m just so sad about this whole thing. After the pics in DRC I thought maybe, just maybe he was making an effort to really get healthy and to get back on track. But it looks like it might not be meant to be. His new GF is not helping him,no matter how much she and he thinks she is. But he doesn’t want it that way. He had the world and he is throwing it away.

    I’ve never been a Jen fan. I didn’t watch Alias or any of her other shows or movies. Watching her lovesick fawning over him on that episode of Dinner for Five was nauseating. And it only got worse. But this and the situation she has endured for the past decade (even if it was partially of her own making) is hard to see. Giving your everything to the man you love, really genuinely love and having him shit all over you is too much. I know it doesn’t sting as badly as it did in the beginning. And now she is probably basking a little bit in the mess he is showing the world that he is but I know it crushed her soul. I feel for her as a woman who gave it all and has been treated worse than yesterday’s trash. At least Jennifer will be able to move on (if she chooses) and hopefully find someone that will love and cherish her forever. Unlike Ben who will only find women that want to use him and enable his addictions for their own benefit.

    • elle says:

      Yep, as I posted above, those DRC photos/posts really gave me hope for Ben’s healthier, happier future. Sorry to say, this not-so-new relationship and PR rollout just throws him back hard into his addictions – and all of us to 2015. And I, for one, refuse to waste the rest of my summer on this stuff again, but it seems I can’t look away from the chaos, or I wouldn’t be here.

    • Luca76 says:

      Maybe part of getting healthy is getting out of that codependent relationship with Jen? No I’m not saying the newbie is going to get him there. Actually no one will get him there except his damn self. But this whole codependent narrative of Jen saving him by wiping his bottom and changing his diapers and keeping him completely sober for 15 minutes then as soon as she turns her back he falls into a new booze, drug filled nest of women is just so unhealthy.
      They by their public statements were separated for two whole years. He has to want to be a good father and sober for himself.
      She needs to let go.
      She wasn’t helping him.

  51. Inas alsaadi says:

    Shookus look like young Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

    • Luca76 says:

      you know I was thinking that the whole thing reminds me of that triangle except Jen isn’t Diana.
      Everyone forgets Charles and Di weren’t even legally allowed to divorce without the Queens permission something so they literally had to go public with their dirty laundry to get out of the marriage. This isn’t that. All are adults and Ben isn’t a Prince of any sort and this was never a fairytale relationship by any means.

  52. JustJen says:

    Give him time, he’ll look like a 50 year old Rob Kardashian but with less charm.

  53. jugil1 says:

    A man that marries his mistress, creates a job opening. You’ve been warned Lindsey. Although I’m sure she’s the type to fall for the old “he’s different with me” or “I understand him.” She’s pathetic & Ben’s a complete loser!

  54. KittyKat says:

    I love that she didn’t change her shoes after her business meeting. And she’s not dressing to impress him. Well played.

  55. Sarah says:

    Ben is looking rough. To me, he doesn’t look sober. He has that bloated look to his face that I’ve seen in people that drink a lot.

  56. Mannori says:

    He is a binge (booze and blow) away from Steve Bannon territory, looks wise.

  57. perplexed says:

    Is he actually happy with her? His face looks stressed.

    Why is his shirt wet? Was he near a swimming pool?

  58. Libra girl says:

    He looks like shit. I’m thinking heart attack in the next year.

  59. Mannori says:

    there is a new IG account by the name of Lindsay Shookus with a statement about her relationship. It could be of course a troll having fun, but it was strange that pop sugar tagged this account when publishing the picture of she and Affleck coming out of the restaurant. Can someone confirm this is her? because if she is, she’s playing the game and she’s loving it.

  60. JoJo says:

    As for his sobriety, his body does seem to be returning to “normal”. He’s significantly thinner and closer to his previous body, including flatter stomach, more toned arms, etc. That said, his face doesn’t look right – bloated and red/blotchy. Wondering if he’s on any meds related to sobriety. Maybe he’s moved to ganja?

    • Mannori says:

      he could very well have stopped drinking (but I doubt it) and trying to get in shape (painfully and slowly), maybe with the “help” of some lines of blow, hence the sweat and the face bloat while the body stays thin (his legs are are WAY TOO thin for that puffy upper body) I don’t think he’s completely sober. Those bags under his eyes…I know them….I’ve seen them before and they didn’t belong to a sober person. I’m sorry his whole looks and behavior (Vegas!) doesn’t strike me as someone committed to stay sober.

      • elle says:

        Yeah, I was thinking the same.

        In the first few months of recovery, whether from booze, pills or other drugs, it often takes awhile for an addict’s appearance to return to normal. For some, it’s because they turn to food. This is another reason for relapse, because addicts think, if I look and feel this awful in recovery, might as well go back to using when I felt *good*.

        Anyway, I don’t know what’s going on w/his body, maybe he’s working out for Batman, but his face tells a totally different story.

  61. The Original G says:

    I guess his casino ban is up.

  62. Tim H says:

    I know the whole situation is terrible, but for some reason I find his new woman really appealing. She looks so bright and happy and REAL compared to Jen. Lindsay is attractive and looks like she would be fun to be around, so I can see what he sees in her, it even shines through in pictures (I know some will disagree). i do get the the sense that this is danger zone for someone with alcohol issues though, so I can’t see it lasting forever.

  63. pk says:

    To add to all the hurt Ben has caused his wife and kids with his gambling, drinking, and cheating he has to flaunt his long term gf around LA with such smug looks on their faces. Either he is not sober, or doesn’t have a conscious.

  64. Mark says:

    Lindsay seems confident and self assured. I get the sense that she would not be heartbroken if this ended. She seems to have her own thing happening. I also find her pretty. She seems to be the complete opposite of Jen in terms of confidence and how she carries herself.

  65. jccw says:

    I wonder how the kids are reacting to him being home, so close to them, but with the girlfriend at the house. Has he even seen them?

  66. Habitude says:

    Ugh- the term “piece” to describe a person is so gross…

  67. Avery says:

    They both have little chicklet teeth.

  68. Nancy says:

    His birthday is next month. I wonder what Jen will buy him. Maybe she will hiring strippers… LoL
    Waiting that day… I hope there will be sightings with Casey and Matt.

    His condition is getting worse tbh. His body looks okay, but in general he looks awful. He is always smiling that way when he’s faking. He is def in the danger zone.

  69. perplexed says:

    She kind of reminds me of that blonde girl who dated Noel on Felicity.

  70. Paisley says:

    His history is to always dump, I assume, when he gets bored or maybe the girl wants a commitment. The truth is out there…….

  71. Ana says:

    Remember there was a commentator here on the beginning of this year that said Ben was seeing a blonde woman who is from the entertainment industry and she is accomplished in her own right. That this woman is getting sick and tired of being on the background. Here it is! She convinced Ben and it backfired on her/them. She thought she could play that game. Ben is more stressed than ever.

  72. Elysium1973 says:

    A million years ago, in the late 1990′s, I worked as a production assistant on Good Will Hunting. For the most part it was a great set to work on with intelligent talent and crew. The only asshole on that show was Ben Affleck (who was a complete nobody at the time). While Matt was very gracious and down to earth (as was Robin Williams), Ben was insufferable. None of the PA’s wanted to be assigned to him because he was a total dick. It’s a pretty bad sign if you’re acting like a prima donna even when no one knows who the hell you are. He’s awful. Ugh.

  73. Carolkoi says:

    If I were Jen i would have the nanny drop off the kids with Ben when it is his week.I really think he is enjoying humiliating Jen and sadly their children.
    This has to be so hard having Lindsay staying with Ben right down the street from her.
    I think they thought it would be easier for their children & help with this transition. But now I think Ben needs to find another place a little bit farther down the road! Can u imagine the gossip of the neighbors in that neighborhood? I know Matt Damon & his wife live down the street but doesn’t Goop live near them as well?
    Remember a source said Ben was changing the kids schedule for school pick ups and drop offs and Jen wasn’t having it. He probably made plans with Lindsay!] Now school is out but wait until school starts!*

    • Lisa says:

      He is not humiliating her or the kids he’s humiliating himself because, what did he say, ” And I’ll continue to see her(stamps baby foot) ” ! I’ll go on enough pap walks with her to fill a x17 page!! . He’s like a child. See I can go to Vegas when I want, I don’t care what people might say! I don’t care if I look like a pig in public!! But as far as custody, I don’t think he has overnights. Plus he lives more than a couple of miles away, not close by.

  74. S says:

    I think we can all agree that Las Vegas is the perfect place for a recovering addict and problem gambler to vacation, no matter who he takes with him.

  75. Mo says:

    Say what you will about the shadiness of this pairing but I am mostly grossed out by how similar they look. The same gummy smile, beady eyes, and square chin (and oily complexion lol). There is no doubt in my mind that these people share genes, hope they don’t have kids!

  76. Erica says:

    In defense of Ben’s sweaty shirt: it was nearly 120 degrees in Vegas over the weekend. My clothes look like that too. No explanation for the puffy face and red eyes.

  77. squeezeo'lime says:

    She has a very malicious looking face and he’s downright trash.

  78. Whatnow says:

    Just an observation but for everyone saying how hot it is there and that is possibly why Ben is so sweaty to them I say look at the drinks. The drink cops are not sweaty with condensation so I do not think it’s hot outside enough to make him sweat like that. I’m not a scientist so I could be all wrong here

  79. PJ says:

    Well, Lindsay may very well be the “cool girl” now and even played the role well over the past several years (and we all know how that turned out for Ben’s ‘Nick’ in Gone Girl…) but then, being the mistress is fun & easy! She/he gets their married bf/gf on the fly when they are fresh and energized, away from all of the strain of their REAL “tortured” lives of work commitments, parenting and dealing with their-as they’re no doubt, always described “pushy” “nagging” “needy” spouses *giant eye roll* They’re are no expectations whatsoever ever put out there by the side piece (b/c they fear how replaceable they are) or put on them because they are the relief from the married person’s real life.

    OF COURSE it’s all fun & goofy smiles from Lindsay and Ben at the moment-they haven’t actually ever dealt with one another within the confines of an actual relationship yet! It’s ridiculous. These are two people who peaced out of their respective marriages via cheating the second things were no longer ideal and something more light and interesting came along. Exactly how does anyone think they are going to fare the minute they slow down, realize it’s now really just the two of them (no more spouses scapegoat for their own bad behavior) and things get real (when actual emotions and expectations are thrust upon each other)? Please. I give it 3 months tops before it implodes SPECTACULARLY. (I can’t WAIT for all of her inevitable pap strolls, leaks to the press about how she was an innocent, manipulated, wrong women herself all along and what a “monster” Ben is for ruining her life & reputation.) I.Will.Be.There.For.It. Who’s bringing the popcorn? 😄

  80. Caroline says:

    Speaking of Gone Girl. Ben was on CBS this morning with Gayle King and others promoting this movie. I seem to remember him saying he could not have done this role if he hadn’t been married or something like that!

  81. Rebecca says:

    Less than two percent of relationships that start with an affair last more than 2 years. Here’s to hoping they crash and burn.

    Ben Affleck bothers me so much. He never takes responsibility for anything he does. Usually he blames someone else, and he always seems to get away with it.

    Why didn’t Jennifer Garner go to the press with this anonymously as soon as she found out about the affair? She handled this so poorly. He comes out smelling like Roses because he’s managed to avoid most of the bad press again and she comes off as weak for not divorcing him long ago.

  82. Kaurya Horang says:

    In my opinion, I think that Ben’s dating to this new lady will change into his engagement in new married life. Because Lindsay Shookus already planned divorce from her herband Kevin Miller. ……Ha.. ha but don’t whether it is true or not. Are Ben and Lindsay serious this time and just end up like others in the industry ………………i found the below one useful…..
    http://stardomtimes.com/snl-producer-lindsay-shookus-wiki-age-divorce-net-worth/

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