Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus papped in NYC shopping for jewelry, going to dinner

These are photos of Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus outside of Barneys in New York City yesterday where they did a spot of shopping and then out to dinner later that night, to a place called Mas (farmhouse) in the village. Kaiser loves to read about food so here’s a link to their menu. The entrees are $42 – $45 and include plates like “Charred Eggplant & Smoked Ricotta Agnolotti with Miso Foam & Walnut Gremolata.” You can also get a four course seasonal tasting meal for $92 per person. Options include “Flying Pigs Farm Pork Crepinette with Fingerling Potato Puree Honey Roasted Carrots, Mint, Chives & Golden Enoki Mushrooms” or “Violet Hill Farm Chicken Breast Stuffed with Apricot Sausage Smoked Cheddar Braised Beans, Glazed Broccoli, & Woodear Mushrooms.” Fancy! If you want six courses it’s $140. In these pics it looks like he might be reaching for her hand at one point but of course he’s not doing that. At least Affleck looks sober-ish. Lindsay looks good and I think she lost a little weight, right? (She didn’t need to, I’m just observing.)

At Barneys the two were seen shopping for jewelry. That’s Ben’s go-to present for the women in his life – jewelry. When we first heard about these two earlier this summer there was a rumor that Jennifer Garner learned of the affair about three years ago when a high end jewelry store called her home to inquire about a purchase she knew was not for her.

So Ben and Lindsay spent some cash, had a good time and got papped. Note that during the day Lindsay was wearing a little bomber jacket that was very similar to Ben’s. I do like her casual style but I could never wear shorts that short. The Daily Mail points out that her little short sleeve striped shirt with pom pom tassels and an embroidered star retails for $88. This is why I need to learn/master basic sewing. The little details on this shirt are what make it expensive.

Remember how Affleck celebrated his 45th birthday with his kids last week? At that point we hadn’t seen him with Lindsay for a couple of weeks and now here he is with her in NY, right on time. I wonder if that’s their pattern, 3-4 weeks off, one weekend on.

In related news, there’s new-ish video that is just being notice of Affleck walking around Comic-Con in an Oscar the Grouch shirt and mask. You can see that here. Lupita Nyong’o still wins Comic-Con.




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  1. Shambles says:

    They both look f*cking terrible.

  2. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    I want to turn that first photo into an oil painting and hang it over my mantle.

  3. Mltpsych says:

    At least her shoe game is strong

  4. Neelyo says:

    I said it last time and I’ll say it again, whenever i see these two all i can think of is LEAVING LAS VEGAS.

  5. QueenB says:

    Its kinda cute how they both always manage to look totally disheveled.

  6. crazydaisy says:

    Who is Lindsay? Does she work in the film industry? (And what a pretentiously overpriced restaurant they patronized!!! Learning to cook should be right up there with learning to sew, imo. Sheesh.)

  7. Mia4s says:

    “New” relationship my a**.

    I’ve never had any sympathy for Garner until this came out. She adored him and fought to keep the marriage together, and he was cheating on her not just with randoms (which she apparently tolerated) but with a serious jump-off. Ouch.

  8. Grandjen says:

    Ben’s head looks comically huge in these pictures; I think it’s a combination of his hair and the way he throws his head back at the paps. Or maybe he literally has a swollen head. Maybe he’s hiding another side-chicka in there lol…

    In Knoxville waiting for the eclipse… anyone else

  9. magnoliarose says:

    She has nice legs. I don’t know what to make of them except that they are dating and she is in New York for work.

  10. Electric Tuba says:

    He likes dumpy dressed women. Perhaps he has a baglady fetish? Get on that theory National Enquirer lol

  11. Jayna says:

    He never looks good anymore, except that day he wore a pullover sweater and looked nice.

    In the day photos when they were papped out and about, you can still see weird selling around his eyes. Out to the right of his eye, in the light, you can see an odd puffiness. He’s had injections or something. His face is still full of filler also. I can’t believe what he’s done to his face. He’s thin enough now that it’s not weight. It’s sad that he was that insecure about aging that he ruined a handsome face. He needs to let all of that stuff dissipate.

    She always looks a little rough to me. She’s usually a little disheveled like him. and/or just no style. But in the dinner photos, she looks fine. But he fooled everyone. Most people were saying he would be with some very, very young hot actress. Nope. Average-looking woman, age appropriate, and has a child. You have to give him credit for that, not the midlife crisis girlfriend predicted for him.

  12. @BitingPanda says:

    These two are going to end up in a major DUI situation, probably a wreck, probably going to be covered in coke when it happens. He’ll lose his kids and Jen will have done all that work trying to keep him pieced together, for their sake, for nothing.

    Hot Mess Express.

  13. poorlittlerichgirl says:

    Wow. He looks like sh*t.

  14. JA says:

    What is that saying, rode hard and put away wet? So deserving of each other….

  15. jammypants says:

    I walked behind and past Ben and Jen and their kids when Jen was in Louisiana filming Dallas Buyers Club. He looked really handsome then. That was before the bloat and well before the divorce/cheating drama. He had salt and pepper hair, five o’clock shadow, and wore preppy clothes that made him look like a university professor, complete with tweed jacket with elbow patches. He wore a button up dress shirt, no tie, nice leather loafers and fitted jeans. I was stunned that he was really handsome in person. He looks like a mess now.

  16. island_girl says:

    They look like they’ve been on a bender. I don’t understand how wealthy people can look so wrecked. You have the funds to for the best care and you don’t use them? So unfortunate.

  17. Deana says:

    She looks like an old party girl.

  18. Samantha says:

    First, Ben looks horrible compared to just a year ago. I know it’s hard to look good in pap shots but he looks consistently depressed and out of it.
    Second, putting everything else aside I do like the fact that he’s with an age-appropriate woman who has an actual career of her own with somewhat similar life experiences to him. Can’t stand the HW pattern of hooking up with much younger, lower “status” women.
    Third, are her shorts really odd? Everyone seems to be wearing them here in Toronto.

  19. prissa says:

    These 2 look like they are self destructing before our very eyes!!

  20. nicegirl says:

    Wow, they are looking haggard.

  21. Layla Beans says:

    I feel like Candy Finnegan is going to greet them in their hotel room with their friends and family any day now. “Your addiction is affecting my life negatively in the following ways…”

  22. Insomniac says:

    That menu sounds like something out of “American Psycho.” $52 for foam? LOL.

  23. Ashley says:

    Ben was so handsome in “the town”,what the heck happened? I wish them the best.

  24. khaveman says:

    He looks so worn out. Frazzled hair, bloat, bags under the eyes. And looks like he’s lost his confidence. If I had to guess I’d say this guy has lots of unsolved issues and demons. I hope he gets help.

  25. minxx says:

    OMG. This looks terrible, just terrible. Looks like he found himself a girl that encourages all of his worst habits. He looks bloated, sick and drunk all the time now. She looks like an alcoholic. I hope his kids have no access to these photos.

  26. Vinot says:

    CB, if you think Ben or Lindsay look sober-ish here, the bar for them is set spectacularly low.

  27. Doc says:

    They both look terrible and it’s not because of the photography. Yaiks!

  28. Joannie says:

    Wow! Harsh crowd on here. They look very casual to me. Not terrible! She doesnt have any makeup on and appears a little surprised.

  29. Carolinr says:

    I think Lindsay& Ben ave been buying those god awful jackets together! They look like they have his & her jackets on! Ben never wore those jackets until he & Jen announced their divorce! They look even more stupid, especially when it is around 90 degrees outside! No wonder they are sweating! Ben used to look nice before-now he looks sloppy.(And Yes, you can still look good in a T shirt)
    Lindsay is so infatuated with him that I don’t think she even realized Ben didn’t even change his shirt to go out for dinner! Jennifer Lopez would have been horrified, lol!

  30. Avery says:

    They look like the meth couple down the street that always have child protective services visiting for the safety of their kids.

    • Carolkoi says:

      I know, really! People is really giving a “play by play” of their time in New York. It sounds like someone in junior high is telling you all about their date, lol! Someone really wants us to love & accept Lindsay, lol! Unfortunately Lindsay will always be seen as the woman that broke up Jennifer Garmer’s family! No matter how hard Ben tries to spin it!
      All those bracelets Lindsay wears are probably all from Ben. Even though they are expensive, they look “cheap” on her! Enjoy the bracelets because you will be waiting a long while for a ring!

  31. Emily says:

    I have read that Lindsay is a producer on that show Weekend Update that is on Thursdays. With that plus SNL coming back, I doubt she has much time to fly here or there. He’s going to have to go to her. Did someone actually think that him spending his b-day with his kids was significant? I didn’t… but then, I don’t read so much in everything. Jen carrying a box of donuts that the tabloids breathlessly report is a birthday cake was ridiculous.

  32. Carol says:

    As Jennifer Garner was photographed earlier taking their daughter, Seraphina, to a doctor’s appointment !
    Ben will back in LA for back to school. Doesn’t Sam start kindergarten this year?
    I think I had heard Jen was to start filming “Peppermint” in the fall in LA. I wonder if Ben will be on”daddy duty?” (aka being a parent)

    • Emily says:

      It is shocking and disgusting how the paps take pics of the kids at their psychiatrist’s office. Jen of course was thrilled to be photographed. WTF…

      • Carol says:

        @ Emily
        The photo is very poor. Someone has to be a parent and do the “not so fun” things parents do for their children.

      • Lisa says:

        @ Emily: The pictures just says dr’s office. If you know its really a psych. office then you know too much about them. Not that there is anything wrong with going to a psych office if you’ve got divorcing parents.
        @Carol, I don’t think Ben is allowed overnights with the kids so he can’t really be “Mr Mom” as he calls it if she’s working. I don’t know this for a fact, just a hunch I have based on he is never seen alone with the kids (never taking them in his car anywhere etc). Remember the paps know where he lives now so it would be easy for them to get pictures of him with them if they could.

      • Emily says:

        Everyone knows that’s the therapist’s office. Paps get them there all the time and it’s been discussed on these boards in the past. Knowing that doesn’t make me or anyone else a stalker. It sounds like YOU’RE the one who knows too much or thinks about them too often, what with your monitoring pap pics and hunches about Ben’s Mr. Mom activities.

      • penny says:

        It is unbelievable to me that people are actually trying to say that posters are stalkers or “too involved” for knowing that it’s a psychiatrist’s office. We know this because of the amount of pap pics we get from there all the time. In fact X17 outed the place as a counseling center years ago. You got a problem with that, how about taking it out on the paps who take the photos of the kids in the first place, not the people criticizing them and pointing out how wrong it is. WTF at this Bizzarro World logic. I think some people are so desperate for pics of these kids and Ben/Jen/Lindsay that they don’t care where the pics are taken or in what circumstance. Then they wail on people who complain about how intrusive it is and call THEM obsessed. P.S. Jen is of course grinning like a baboon in the therapist pics. Doesn’t bother HER at all that her child can’t even get therapy in peace… and why should it, she f*cking calls them to make sure they catch every second.

      • pk says:

        Those pictures broke my heart.

  33. Katmatz says:

    He is smoking again or maybe he never stopped. Cig is in his hand. She looks like a smoker too. They both look drunk.

  34. grabbyhands says:

    He looks drunk and/or high as usual. She looks like she’s been doing meth.

  35. Carol says:

    DM has new pics of Ben & Lindsay after “their romantic date night.” Lindsay is in a black striped clingy dress and those white tennis shoes, lol! Ben looks tired even with shades and a black jacket.

  36. pk says:

    Ben got the freedom he wanted, why doesn’t he look very happy?

  37. KB says:

    She looks much better with her hair pulled back. It looks smoother and softer than when she wears it down.

  38. Carol says:

    It had been quoted that Ben was happy his relationship with Lindsay was out in the open but is it really? He can’t be photographed holding Lindsay’s hand or (God forbid )walking beside her instead of ahead of her! They can’t stay at her apartment and have to stay at a hotel because this is a messy relationship! They cannot even be photographed with her daughter when he is in NY.
    If I were dating /hooking up with someone and found out they were married let alone had 3 children, i would be absolutely mortified! That would be a Major deal breaker for me….but that’s me!

  39. Aurelia says:

    Why are they wearing jackets during the day in New York city? It was probably 95 degrees on that day. Is that a druggie thing?

  40. themummy says:

    I find them both unbelievably unattractive. So much gross right there.

  41. Whatnow says:

    Somewhere up in the middle of this thread was posted that possibly he’s on prednisone and that is why his face is so puffy.

    Well so be it but a drug like that for someone with an addictive personality probably not the best thing going.

    And it’s been a while so I’m curious what sort of ailment or injury could he have that he need to take it for this long

    She may be just a regular lady not prepared for the paps but as we know they can disappear under the radar when they choose to so why are Ben and Lindsay acting so surprised when they are photographed?

    Everybody has off days and doesn’t walk around with a full face of makeup and hair done but they just don’t look like happy people and for a “new couple” or even ones that finally get to be together they don’t look very happy

    Maybe they both just have resting :-(

    • Ange says:

      Prednisone isn’t addictive, it doesn’t get you high and you don’t get any sort of ‘drug’ feeling from taking it. It wouldn’t make the slightest difference to his day to day so it wouldn’t be a problem unless he tried to get off it without doing the correct tapering.

      I personally don’t believe he’s on it but there can be instances where it’s used fairly regularly such as with RA or something like that.

  42. Linds says:

    I can’t tell if the whole “they look good” sentence is sarcasm or not because these two look like wrinkled sh*t. I’ve literally never seen a picture where they didn’t look hungover or like the life has been sucked out of them. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔

  43. Carolnr says:

    Us Weekly has a pic of Ben & Lindsay with Ben actually having his arm around Lindsay’s back in their artcle.

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, looks like he is waiting for her to get in the car first. What a gentleman. But then when they stop he jumps out of the car and strides WAY ahead of her without waiting so erase that!

      And what is this about Lindsay’s “strong shoe game” ? What am I missing, those tattered looking white sneakers she wears all the time? Really?? or those beige stitched sandals?? Not feeling it.

      • Jayna says:

        You’re not missing anything. You’re right. She has zero shoe game. He does always stride way ahead of her when he gets out of the car on several different dates. But if you watch it on video, it is much faster and pap intrusive and just seconds really, compared to lots of individual stills making it look much longer in time, and she doesn’t move as fast as him. But I still think it’s rude, not acting like a gentleman and hanging back for her at least a little bit. It’s all about him and moving past the paps at warp speed, no worries about his girlfriend.

        But I’m guessing she likes being papped and isn’t in such a rush. I’m getting that vibe from her. It doesn’t bother her being left behind.

  44. phatypopo says:

    hahah – I love that he switched the bomber to a blazer to go from day to night *loling*

  45. Bee says:

    As time goes on she’s almost starting to resemble one of those before and after “faces of meth”. For all this restaurant “eating” they are doing she sure looks gaunt and beyond unhealthy. It’s a given that he looks a mess.

  46. Emily says:

    Shookus has amazing legs. She looks great in the skinny jeans and black top. That’s the best I can do.

  47. Lisa says:

    If it was me, I would always wear long pants. It makes her legs look 90% better. Her legs don’t look good to me when they are bare with that birthmark. Sorry Emily

  48. jana says:

    Wow. He really went headfirst from America’s Sweetheart to Rode Hard and Put Up Wet.

  49. CooCoo Catchoo says:

    Those skinny jeans look suspiciously like PajamaJeans, the “as seen on TV” jeggins.

  50. Caroline says:

    On a different topic (if true), why would the jewelry store call Jen to tell her about the “alleged ring” Ben bought? Wouldn’t the clerk think that this was maybe a surprise and she would ruin the surprise?
    OR did Ben say it was for his girlfriend and the clerk wanted to rat him out? OR did Ben want to get caught so Jen would file?
    The other option simply is this is tabloid trash!

  51. Lalala says:

    Honestly, Charlie Sheen’s old goddesses looked less wasted than this woman always does.

    We all already know Ben’s a mess so I won’t even bother with him, but Lindsay needs to get some self-respect and leave his ass. If it’s true that they’ve been ‘seeing each other’ for a few years now, then she and the nanny overlap – if the plan was for him to leave Jen and them to go public when the time was right, then he was screwing around on her too. If she was just another hook-up at that stage, then it kind of seems like she was the either the first or only one of his many other women willing to pick up the phone after his marriage ended, and gets to be the girlfriend mostly so he’s got a guaranteed someone around. He doesn’t seem like the type who likes to be without a partner for any great length of time, even if he’s got no intentions of respecting that relationship.

    I understand wanting to boost your public profile and the chance to date a high-profile celebrity doesn’t come around often, but she’s doing her reputation no favours. She could be really nice, but you’d never know it from the coverage she’s getting.
    Jen gets pictured with the kids, looking healthy and inoffensive, hugging Ben’s mother, or being thanked publicly for supporting her estranged husband during his treatment for alcoholism, while Lindsay and Ben have been photographed at liquor stores, leaving hotel rooms looking bloated, hungover or otherwise worse for wear. She’s never seen with her child and the stories floating around are that she and Ben were cheating on their (nice and stable) spouses for years and that she’s seeking the limelight. I don’t think being portrayed as a cheating, aging party-girl who’s enabling and encouraging my boyfriend’s addiction while everyone wonders how he ever left his lovely, long-suffering ex is something I’d want, especially with a kid who can read it all one day.

  52. Fuerta says:

    I have to say The Town and Gone Girl he was hot. What happened to you, Ben. Tsk tsk.

  53. Caroline says:

    DM has pics of Jen taking Ben’s mini me, Seraphina to a rock climbing class. How fun is that! And DM has pics of Ben exiting the Ritz Hotel in NY.(No Lindsay,though). Lindsay’s SNL season will be starting so Ben will probably have to be flying to NY if he wants to see her!
    Pictures can really tell a lot without saying a word.