Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus had a date night with her parents, went hiking


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These are photos of Ben Affleck, Lindsay Shookus and her daughter and parents out hiking yesterday with their dogs. Ben adopted the husky as a “stray” puppy in October of last year. He’s had the German Shepard for some time as I’m pretty sure he was photographed with that dog back in 2012. (A search for “Ben Affleck German Shepard” reveals that the dog’s name is Hutch.) He also has a three year-old golden retriever that stays with his family.

E! Online has the news that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus had a date night along with her parents. Lindsay’s parents are staying at Ben’s new mansion along with Lindsay’s five-year-old daughter. (The photos of Lindsay, Ben and her family at dinner are exclusives and you can see them on X17 and E!) E! curiously adds the detail that Lindsay had a glass of wine. We know that Ben has been struggling with his sobriety and from that angle Lindsay’s drinking is noteworthy. However this reads like a publicist-sourced article, which suggests another reason for emphasizing Lindsay drinking. Remember how X17 has been suggesting Lindsay is pregnant (because she has a normal-looking stomach from some angles)? Lindsay and Ben even went to a doctor together, leading X17 to double down:

So it’s likely deliberate that Lindsay is wearing her top knotted to show her flat stomach and that she had wine with dinner. I doubt Ben’s people want to make headlines by denying that she’s pregnant. Some of you have said that Lindsay has been spotted out with an engagement ring, but if that’s the case my Google skills are lacking. Plus there was just that whole ET Online article claiming that they’re taking it slow and that “Ben isn’t ready to propose and has no plans to get engaged anytime soon.” That would be bad optics too considering that he isn’t even divorced yet.

Well Ben and Lindsay are still together, they’re serious and want us to know about it. People even has a bunch of quotes about how great everyone got along. They add the detail that “Ben picked up the check at the end of the night.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Lindsay needs to check out Athleta- they have workout pants that make your butt look amazing!

    Nothing else to say except I feel sorry for them all.

  2. Denicah says:

    I never saw him smile like this with Jennifer. Good for him.

  3. Lizzie says:

    sorry but why is there an assumption that a man who already has 3 kids and a woman who has one would want a child together when one isn’t even divorced? i guess i’ll have my foot in my mouth if she is pregnant but why is that some kind of mandatory story line?

    its kind of the same thing where gwyneth paltrow shut down in advance that she wouldn’t be having more kids with her new husband. i mean – why would she? he’s pushing 50 and she’s 45 and they have near teenage kids. why start over? a baby isn’t required by law.

  4. ChillyWilly says:

    Celebrity pap walks slay me. I can’t imagine living such a choreographed life. Ben looks a mess and Lindsey doesn’t look much better. I am sure she enables his addictions. Maybe she should focus on her daughter instead of enabling Ben. I would imagine he is quite the needy-ass time suck.

    • Kosmos says:

      Ben has always turned me off for some reason. And then I saw him on a discussion YouTube where he was outright rude and nearly yelling, ruining the entire discussion. This guy has issues, sorry. There must be some redeeming qualities about him, however, because Jennifer married him, and I have always liked and admired her. Maybe their marriage just ran its course, as this relationship will, too. I’m actually glad they separated because Jennifer can still find a more suitable partner. She’s smart, beautiful, capable, and still has time to work as an actor and take care of all her children.

  5. juju says:

    The Buddhist rehab puppy makes an appearance! Lindsay’s little girl is so cute. I love watching the meltdowns in the Daily Mail comments sections. For people who allegedly hate Ben Affleck, the same 20 people seem to spend their days, nights and weekends sitting around, waiting for posts to be put up about him so they can trash him. They are obsessed and it is hilarious.

  6. Mishka says:

    Her daughter looks miserable. Does Lindsay ever spend time with her?

  7. lobstah says:

    Looking at him smiling at her, all I could think was ewwwww. She has to kiss that. Bleh. Also, he’s a hot mess.

  8. Meg says:

    Oh God, Ben shouldn’t smile. He looks creepy

    • Dora says:

      What happen to the male movie stars Affleck, Pitt, Deep etc. they all look awful and they seem to suffer some mental and physical disease. On the other hand the most of the female stars are still beauties. It is a crime that they manage to destroy their handsome faces and bodies by their lifestyle.

    • Chaine says:

      I think it’s the botox, or he had some kind of upper head facelift? I agree, when he smiles he looks utterly unnatural.

      • KBB says:

        I assumed fillers. His cheeks look so full when he smiles, it’s like he tried to get rid of laugh lines and/or crows feet and they just plumped everything up without getting rid of the lines.

        Jennifer Garner’s skin always looks fantastic without looking too fake (except for an overarched Botox brow every once in awhile.) He needs to use her doctor.

  9. HelloSunshine says:

    I wonder if her parents (and his mom, but hers are pictured) are sad that their kids turned out to be kinda skeezy lol like, they both cheated on their respective spouses, far enough back that there have been questions about her daughter’s paternity and stuff. Idk if I could look my kid in the eye again knowing their morals are different from mine.

    • nicole says:

      Are you for real? Quite a large number of the world’s population has at one time or another cheated on their significant other. Are all of these parents supposed to write off their children? That is not how it works in real life, and I don’t get the pearl clutching.

      • HelloSunshine says:

        My dad cheated on my mom and started a family behind all of our backs. So excuse me for having first hand knowledge of how much cheating can devastate a family and hoping my children are better than that 🙄

        People are allowed to have different morals, I don’t know how I would react if my child did this because I do know how much it hurts people.

      • U says:

        @Hello Then the Affleck kids are screwed. Doormat should have left Ben years ago but kept letting him back. Eventually the marriage ended but not by her choice, he left her for another woman. I hope Violet and Sera don’t pick men who are emotionally and physically unavailable (because Mommy did), and Sam doesn’t end up like Ben. They are probably doomed to repeat the mistakes that they’ve witnessed in that house tbh.

      • Anon33 says:

        Some of us don’t cheat. And don’t excuse others’ cheating. You can do what you like, but I don’t think “are you for real” is an applicable comment here.

      • ash says:

        Nicole i love your comment…its a brutal fact and sucks but its life

        @Anon33 nahhh nicole’s comment was spot on and youre pearl clutching for something that happens in life (NOT ALL THE TIME) but can happen…relax and get real

    • magnoliarose says:

      Lindsay isn’t a celebrity so her marriage situation is largely unknown. None of us know what happened in her marriage so I think saying that about her is unfair. Ben though…

    • KBB says:

      The paternity thing is all just hearsay that has come up recently by people on the internet. There’s no reason to believe he is the father of her little girl. The initial stories had them hooking up after he hosted SNL in May of 2013 – after she had the baby. I remember people being judgmental because “why was she out cheating when she had a baby at home?”

    • ash says:

      @HelloSHUNshine…. o bother…. so everyone in your world (for christ sakes even your children) should be absolutely perfect so as to have your conditional love.

      the WORST.

  10. Patty says:

    He actually looks happy. LOL. They both do. I can hardly recall a pic of him looking his happy with his estranged wife and kids; he always looked miserable and like he’d rather be anywhere else.

    • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

      I commented up thread that Ben always looks happy in the dewy times. Think about it, right now, he and Lindsay doesn’t share any responsibilities. They can be away from each other weeks at a time without him being nagged about doctor appointment, tutors, house repairs, his spending, his drinking, his hanging out. All that everyday mundane things that Jennifer always “nags” him with are gone.

      • ursz says:

        Hm? As if nagging about the mundane things was ever really the issue. He is a celebrity worth untold millions of dollars. He hires people to do house repairs and clean for him. His children with Garner have had nannies since birth (a nanny took the kids to church yesterday). I highly doubt Garner cleans her own toilets, probably hasn’t for years. No, the real issue was that Ben wasn’t in love with Garner anymore and the marriage fell apart. These people don’t have the same day-to-day responsibilities that the rest of us do.

      • KBB says:

        I don’t think he ever loved Jennifer like she loved him. He married her because he thought it was the right thing to do after she got pregnant. The way she looked at him and talked about him before they even started dating…she had it bad for him. He was never like that about her.

    • Kosmos says:

      Are you kidding? Jennifer is a great person and role model…..Ben got a very good woman with her. I always felt she could do much better than Ben. Just because you didn’t see him smile doesn’t mean he didn’t smile…..I’ve seen him many times in photos alone or with other people where he had a scowl on his face, which had nothing to do with his marriage. He seems unappealing and always looks sloppy and maybe it’s the booze or the face you get after being an alcoholic for years, I don’t know. Good luck to him, but I’m glad Jennifer can move on now.

  11. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    Hmm. I wonder when the pap with his three kids will happen? I wonder if she’s met them yet?
    And more importantly, I’m not getting pictures taken with my parents and my child with a man who isn’t even divorced yet and most likely can’t introduce me to his children.

  12. Frosty says:

    He’s working awfully hard to sell this. Great if they’re happy and can make a go of it, but his history suggests otherwise. Check back in 2 years or if she has a baby with him…, whichever comes first.

  13. southernbelle824 says:

    There is a suppose pap making comments in the daily mail about these two. Ben calling paps and more a player in the game than Jen. Has some interesting comments. I still think that’s his daughter, this has been going on a while. Her husband supposed to play for the other team and could care less about her. He was a stepping stone for her career and a substitute baby daddy.

    • Scotiagirl says:

      The pap was threatened with legal action to take his posts down. I missed reading them but plenty of others have summarized what he said. Apparently the paps were called to document the narrative that their relationship is advancing and he is hanging with not only her parents but her daughter too. And that he is on the straight and narrow. The pap stated that all was not as it appeared. He also stated that while Affleck was out with his “new” family two of his kids were taken to church by the Nanny while Jen was working wrapping her Camping show. He stated those pics would not be posted or if they were they would be taken down so no one would figure out Ben was with the Shookups while his own kids were with a Nanny.

      • Tina says:

        The commenter also said that Ben’s mother was staying at Jen’s and Ben was there when he wasn’t being papped. He mentioned that Lindsay had a car accident last Friday and Ben had another car (BMW) delivered to replace it. Supposedly he went to Jen’s to pick up the dogs and use the SUV. Jennifer was working all week, attended the wrap party, and then went out of town with Violet. Again, just tidbits of info that the Public doesn’t know. He also suggested that Ben wasn’t doing as well healthwise as the narrative wants us to believe.

      • Stacey says:

        They are serious if he is meeting her family and her daughter. He would not do this for a fling. I watched video and the little girl sounded excited to walk the dogs.

        I cant believe he would drive Lindsay and his family Around in jennifer garners car though…that would be so disrespectful to Lindsay and her family. If thats true-him and jennifer really need to divide their assets and dogs asap as his relationship with Lindsay is clearly serious. Honestly i find it hard to believe he would drive them in A. Vehicle he shared with Jen during the marriage because Im sure he is rich enough to have his own suv?

        Whats the big deal if him and Garners kids went with the Nanny to church? This may have been Garner’s custody time and if she sticks them with a babysitter During her custody time I don’t see how that makes Ben a bad father?

      • Jenfan says:

        @stacey , apparently his dogs live at Jen’s house. The Range Rover he used also seems to be a new vehicle that Jen has been primarily driving around. Though we have seen Ben drive it occasionally. For all his wealth, he does not seem to currently own an SUV, and uses Jen’s when he needs it. Not crazy when he is taking care of his own kids. Downright strange when he is using it for his GF and her family. Also this is clearly not the 1st time he has spent time with her parents and her daughter. I agree with you it’s very serious. But if he is planning on marrying her – he has to finalize that divorce 1st.

      • tara says:

        I don’t think it’s downright strange that he’s using Jen’s vehicle to transport Lindsay and her family around, I think it’s more of the same and it’s hilarious. Ben obviously doesn’t give a damn what Jennifer thinks or how anything makes her feel. He doesn’t care how it’s going to look. He’s going to do whatever he wants regardless and what’s Doormat going to do about it anyway? Nothing, per usual. He continues to trample all over her but she’ll keep pretending things are hunky dory. It’s how they stayed married for 10 years.

      • Jenfan says:

        @scotiagirl do you know for fact he was threatened with legal action? It did DM just delete him and his poss from pressure from Ben’s PR firm. Nothing bad was said about Ben on those posts. Just really that there is other stuff goi g in not apparent tobthebpubluc. And that his or (or maybe shookus’ pr was trying to sell this view of the story).

      • mela says:

        Why does Jen allow Ben to borrow her SUV to drive around Lindsay and her family? She is insane. What a door mat.

        If I was her, I would tell Ben it’s time to get his own dogs and his own SUV to drive his serious girlfriend and future in-laws around.

        What is wrong with Jennifer Garner? Is she trying to be like sister wives with Lindsay SHookus or what?

    • pam says:

      For all the more posters go into the comments over there to rage about Ben and Lindsay (lol), they seem to be completely obsessed with tracking his/their every move.

  14. Carolnr says:

    The timing of these pics with Ben, Lindsay , & her parents is interesting. And now Lindsay’s daughter was papped, as well!
    Days ago , a source from E News said that Lindsay “respected Ben’s space. It said that she did not move in with Ben & that Ben was not ready to married, let alone engaged!
    They all seem very comfortable together! It is reported that her parents & her daughter are all staying with Ben. A source on DM said that Lindsay has Madeline for the summer.
    Both Lindsay’s parents are in great shape! Her dad is more fit than Ben right now, lol!

  15. Tiffany says:

    Those dogs are beautiful.

    That’s all I got.

  16. Carolnr says:

    Gossip Cop now denying Ben is planning wedding with “pregnant Lindsay.”
    But it says they do “shack up sometimes”, lol!

  17. Julia says:

    Her hiking outfit is so bad. The knotted shirt, the running tights…. I know exercise is for relaxing, but good heavens….

  18. Stacey says:

    She has a nice figure but her style is always off balanced for her figure. The tying of her tops makes you look at her fupa. She rolls her sleeves and it makes her Arms look beefy. I think she would lool better with a shorter cropped skinnie jeans/leggings and longer, body skimming tops that give her a waist

    He looks very happy with her

    Also not a good thing for her to drink in front of him. Its disrespectful to your partner and Makes me think she has a drinking problem if she can’t turn down a glass of wine at dinner when she is with him… he is trying to go sober for crying out loud, u cant forgo the glass of wine for one night for him? U need it that bad? She sees the guy a limited number of days per month and she should be able to pass on rhe booze for those couple days she is with him…thats pretty selfish of her

  19. Elisse says:

    I once had a dream about Ben Affleck taking me to a ski resort and buying me the cute outfit because as a SoCal girl, I have none of it. I’m so glad that dream didn’t happen for reals. His facelift was the final nail.

  20. Wetzi says:

    They look good together.
    He looks healthy and happy (as much as possible for him) so yeah nice to see.

  21. brenda says:

    Ben is in Maine with Lindsay. They went to Maine with her family last summer, too.

  22. Carolnr says:

    Guess Jen has the kids for the summer! And rumor has it Madeline will be at summer camp!
    That is probably why Ben’s mom is allegedly staying with her grandchildren!

  23. BR says:

    I concur — we should start referring to Jen and Lindsay as sister wives. That seems to be the situation here and everyone seems to be bizarrely fine with it. Ben Affleck is living his best life, getting to have his cake and eat it, too. He’s still legally wed to the woman who has made it clear that she’s not interested in other men and will be ride-or-die for him (even on her social media for all to see), he’s got the younger girlfriend who is breezy and cool with everything, and he hasn’t even had to sign away half of his assets and probably never will. All men should take pointers from this pro.

  24. mela says:

    I’m convinced Jen wants to be sister wives with Lindsay Shookus

    She’d rather share Ben with another woman than lose him completely. I mean- Jen lets him drive Lindsay and her family in her range rover?! WTF!