Lindsay Shookus ‘will always care about Ben [Affleck’s] health and want the best for him’

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These are photos of Lindsay Shookus at the Emmys on Monday night, after she won her third Emmy for her work as a producer on Saturday Night Live. That’s a huge accomplishment so of course she’s obliged to give insider quotes to the celebrity press about her ex boyfriend, who is dating a 22 year-old Playboy model and getting day passes from his rehab facility. Lindsay’s first public outing with Ben Affleck was to the Emmys last year, where he was seen drinking after he had completed some kind of rehab that was definitely not inpatient. So it makes sense that they’re asking her I guess.

Why is that women who date Ben Affleck look so much better after they break up with him? Lindsay is practically glowing. Here’s what a source People about Lindsay’s thoughts on Ben:

In the wake of the pair’s breakup, a source tells PEOPLE that Shookus is “focusing on the SNL season ahead and Emmys and focusing on putting her family, work and friends first, after having focused on Ben for so long. She will always care about him, but wants him to take care of himself.”

“Lindsay will always care about Ben’s health and want the best for him, but right now she’s focusing on herself, her work and her daughter,” the first source tells PEOPLE. “Lindsay has an awesome support system between her friends and family, and she’s been so grateful for all of the love in her life. The SNL cast has been extremely supportive throughout all of this.”

[From People]

Meanwhile Lindsay reactivated her Instagram account and she left all her pictures of Affleck up, because she’s over that a-hole and doesn’t need to scrub him from her social media.

I hope Lindsay can go back to her life as an SNL producer and generally stay out of the press. Maybe she’ll make better choices with her next relationship. I don’t feel sorry for her though, especially if she’s at all responsible for the Emmys this year. Those SNL people should be ashamed.

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  1. Mego says:

    Why is it that the women who date Ben Affleck look so much better after breaking up with them? If the reports are true about him telling her to change the way she looked etc that’s an indication of the way he treats women. I can’t imagine the number he did on Jennifer Garner who still gets co-dependency shamed as though she is responsible for his terrible life choices. All she did was love him and want him to be a better man. Now Shauna Sexton is getting blamed for his failure to commit to rehab. Misogynistic nonsense.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      The women all look better post Affleck because…they can use all of their life sustaining essences on themselves…and not allocated it to his trifling tail…

      Oh…also…when you’re NOT constantly dealing with the stress of NOT picking up various items and throwing them at Ben’s head…you tend to get a “Glow Up”!!!!

      • Pft says:

        Right? He strikes me as an emotional black hole, sucking the life and soul out of women and then moving on to the next one…ugh…emotional vampire…no thanks!

      • stacey says:

        amen LaLa!!!

      • Parigo says:

        It looks like she’s been hitting the gym which is funny because that’s what he says he’s doing. She really does look healthier and more toned.

  2. Louise says:

    Wow she’s tall. Also, she looks happy. Good for her. She has her job, independence and can leave Ben in the dust.

  3. Millenial says:

    She looks great and she just won another Emmy. If there are winners and losers in breakups, I think she definitely just came out on top.

  4. Mela says:

    Breaks up are painful and hard, even with drunk jerks like Ben but The smartest thing she did in regards to Ben was to run as fast as she could away from him.

    Sounds like she pities him. He is pathetic

  5. Barrett says:

    Great arms. Workouts show, that’s all I got!

  6. SWP says:

    Still don’t like her, still don’t respect her. Bad vibes off that one. I still think she thought she could be the “cool girl” to Jen’s “mean wifey mommy” character…And we see how that worked out for her. Gross.

    • LB says:

      Yep, she still participated in a three year affair with a married man. I have no respect. She does look happy in the photos.

      • stacey says:

        Haven’t they been separated for 3 years? I thought Jen admitted they were separated for months before the nanny.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think she has definitely made some poor choices for sure. Hopefully she learns from them and does better in the future.

      She does look great here.

  7. JoJo says:

    Not so sure. My guess is we haven’t seen the last of Lindsay. I do think she’s the one that dumped Ben because of his downward spiral, but if Ben truly sobered up, I think she’d be back in. If you want to believe them, recent press quotes pretty much said as much – that she felt she needed to let him hit bottom, that he’d enter rehab and they’d work things out (although it doesn’t seem to be working out that way with Shauna in the picture now.) Let’s face it, she’s been with him for probably a good 5 years now if you believe the reports, so she “ain’t over him yet.”

    I don’t agree with others that these women “pity” Affleck. Nah. If the past is any indicator, I think any of them would probably choose to be right back at it with this guy if he legitimately cleaned himself up. Lindsay … and probably Garner too.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I tend to think after all the time and energy she invested in the relationship that she might not be done for good with him.

    • laura-j says:

      I had to dump my partner of years due to substance abuse, similar situation, although neither of us is slightly famous, but one of us really does like jack in the box. (spoiler: not me) Once they start getting help and showing signs of health it’s pretty normal to still care and want to be with the sober version. No shame to someone caring.

  8. Alyssa MacRay says:

    She finally saw the light. I imagine it was much more fun being with him when it was all secret trysts and a rendezvous when they could. Jennifer still gets MVP. I’m glad Shook is moving on.

  9. Tanesha86 says:

    This whole time I’ve been trying to figure out who Lindsay reminds me of, she looks like she could be Kate McKinnon’s sister lol. In any case she’s better off without Ben’s hot mess and baggage 🤷🏾‍♀️.

  10. aud says:

    Like Garner, I highly doubt that Lindsay is completely done with Ben. She still has pics of him on her IG, so that must mean something. Women seem to have a hard time truly moving on from this walking disaster.

  11. Carolnr says:

    Everyone that Ben Affleck has dated ( Paltrow, Lopez, Garner , & now Shookus have all described their relationship with Ben as ” complicated.” Sally Field now describes Burt Reynolds as “complicated.” He described her as” the one that got away”
    Interestingly, in Gone Girl, Ben Affleck’s character (Nick Dunne) describes his wife , Amy as ” complicated.” His sister ( in the movie) says “Everyone knows complicated is code for b$tch.”
    So when these woman have ALL stated that Ben Affleck is ” a complicated guy” is the word complicated like a ” Bless his heart metaphor?
    Very telling they all use the term ” complicated” when describing Ben Affleck!!!

    • Mela says:

      Nice way of calling him a cheating lying a hole and a nice way of calling a relationship awful!

    • enike says:

      I think Affleck is complicated and relationships with him is complicated…. I mean, he is very talented and reportedly generous and a good friend… he has many qualities…. on the other hand he has his addictions and when they kick in, its brutal…

      so I can understand its not easy to be with a person like him

  12. tcbc says:

    John Mulaney, a former writer for SNL, also won an Emmy last night. His wife, Anne-Marie Tendler, was one of the multiple women who publicly accused Affleck of sexual assault. Shookus knows both Mulaney and Tendler. Not only is Shookus a long-time mistress, but the man she chose to stay involved with even after these accusations came out victimized at least one of her friends. She’s just as self-destructive as he is.

  13. Big Bertha says:

    Her face always looks greasy.

  14. TheOtherSam says:

    She looks really really good here, like beautiful. The dress is perfect, love the emerald drop earrings and her hair/makeup are elegant and on point. Like others said this shows off her shapely arms and great figure perfectly.

    Found her modestly attractive before when with Ben but always thought she looked a bit….restrained and irritated? And a bit messy in her general presentation. She is glowing here. Congrats on the Emmy win.

  15. Patty says:

    Nah. She’s over it. Ben was a part of her life and now he isn’t. As Celebitchy said, she doesn’t need to scrub him from social media because she’s an adult and she’s over it. I think she would have been good for Ben; but good on her for putting herself and her kid first and leaving when she realized Ben was nothing more than a passive aggressive over grown frat boy with a drinking problem and what appears to be a declining career. Bravo.