Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are probably hooking up again

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus hold hands during a dinner date in NYC
Update: All of these photos are old! I’m sorry for the confusion about that when I first posted this story.


I know I shouldn’t care, I know I should see this for the mildly amusing “exes hooking up again” story that it is, but I wanted Lindsay Shookus to put Ben Affleck in her rear view. The dude broke up with her by being photographed out with a 22 year-old Playboy model. You don’t leave a crack for those type of guys (narcissists) to open the door again, but she did. It’s not like I should be taking her side in this. She was with him for years when they were both married to other people after all. E! is reporting that these two are talking but that they’re not back together. These two broke up in August after a couple of years of hooking up when it was convenient. So I assume they’re doing that again.

Ben Affleck and his ex-girlfriend Lindsay Shookus are reportedly “back in contact” a little over 5 months after breaking up.

However, being “back in contact” doesn’t mean they’re back together. A source told E! News, “They’ve known each other for years and there have been other periods of time where they didn’t speak. But they always seem to end up talking again.”

“Ben is in a really good place right now. Both health-wise and with his family,” another source told E! News on Monday. “Ben has been concentrating on being a doting father and has been spending time with his kids and Jen.”

[From E! Online]

Is Ben leaking this so he doesn’t look like a sad sack when Jennifer is getting super serious with Mr. restaurant robot guy? I just hope he’s still sober. There were stories earlier this week that he was totally done playing Batman, but we didn’t cover those because we’ve heard that for years. He’s been so ambivalent about that role. That’s pretty much Ben’s outlook – ambivalence. Is it wrong that I want to see Lindsay and Ben papped out together? Ben will have a stained shirt and Lindsay will be in an artfully casual-looking pair of ripped jeans, sneakers, a little sweater and a cute jacket. I miss them together! Forget everything I wrote at the beginning of this post.

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These are all archive photos credit: Backgrid

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  1. eto says:

    Man, that header photo is unfortunate for everyone in it…

    • Esmom says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

      I don’t hate the idea of them hooking up again, as long as she understands his sobriety needs to come first.

      • PlainJane says:

        The best predictor of the future is the past.

        I shudder to say it, but it’s not like she’s an awesome Sober Coach.

      • Kebbie says:

        I’m guessing she figured out how important it was for him to stay sober when he was suddenly photographed trashed with a playboy “model.” She was drinking around him and probably with him before he fell off the wagon in a big way and started sleeping with a 22 year old.

    • Dana Marie says:

      Regarding the header photo: Bevis and Butt Head Reunion! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  2. antipodean says:

    Are these old pictures? They both look really ruff!

    • Celebitchy says:

      Yes they are all old! I put it at the end in small print but I’ll put it at the top of the post to avoid confusion. Sorry about that!

      • antipodean says:

        No biggie, CB. It is good sometimes to have a sober reminder of what an awful state these two were in. Hopefully they are both in a better place now, but they don’t seem to be very good for each other. Time will tell.

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    He IS done with Batman. DC announced last week that they will be doing a Batman film – without Affleck in the role. It will be a prequel and they will he casting a younger actor. Ben even tweeted about it stating that he is looking forward to seeing what they do with the next film.

  4. SamC says:

    Does that mean he’s drinking again? Photo assumptions that seemed to be a big part of their relationship as they both always looked toasted when they were out.

  5. Cidy says:

    My God I could smell the alcohol in that first picture.

  6. Parigo says:

    I don’t think she ever wanted to leave him in the first place so he purposely publicly humiliated her. She’s probably looking to get back with him and is leaking this stuff.

  7. PhillyGal says:

    These two deserve each other.

  8. Chaine says:

    Their FACES!

  9. Jenfan says:

    Last week x17 followed him to a private jet and said he was going to Montana. We did not see him again till Friday. Assuming he was hooking up with LS then, is that the reason we all of the sudden got press about how serious Jen is with her new BF, how they spend time together with their collective kids etc. and now Ben’s pr people planting that Ben is back with LS.
    You know I actually felt sorry for Lindsay when Ben publicly humiliated her with the Bunny. People called jen a doormat – what is Lindsay if she is back with him. Or did they never really break up?

    • Ali says:

      No matter what they look like, clearly Ben has a type. The type to drop everything and run to him when he calls.

      • Nancy says:

        You think? Maybe she called him. Physically the woman couldn’t be more opposite. Jennifer is traditionally attractive. This woman is more “earthy” I shall say to be nice. As long as they’re living clean, more power to them. Generally speaking, I think we’re better as partners. I hope he stays sober.

      • Ali says:

        @nancy – it is possible that after he humiliated her with the playboy bunny, she took some time to self reflect and called him and said I’m not mad anymore let’s go to Montana and do a cleanse from when you brought that playboy bunny that I’m not mad about anymore here because we all make mistakes when we are blotto.

        I think he’s a guy who hates to be alone and needs women who cater to him and turn a blind eye to his douche bag ways. Lindsey is no better than Jen in that regard if she’s even considering dating him again.

      • carolyn says:

        @Nancy If looks were the reason to stay with somebody, he and JLo would have stayed together. She was the only truly stunning woman that he’s ever been with. That said, you ever hear the saying, ‘show me a pretty woman, and I’ll show you a guy who’s tired of banging her’? Yeah. He’s ridden the Garner ride and isn’t buying another ticket. Shookus is by all accounts very smart and fun and has a cool job, and maybe that’s what Ben likes about her. He clearly wasn’t into Jen and her arts & crafts, chicken walking and reading to the dog. I mean, talk about opposites, how did he ever end up with her? Oh yeah. She got knocked up. Would have never married her otherwise.

      • Kebbie says:

        Jennifer, Lindsay, the bunny, and the nanny are all “girl-next-door” types to me. Their bodies are normal, their faces are somewhat plain (though Garner can look like a movie star when she wants to.) Gwyneth is skinny, but rather plain looking. Jennifer Lopez is the only one that is really a stunner without trying. And she’s the one he’s ashamed of being with! He’s never gone for the model or drop dead gorgeous type.

      • Nancy says:

        I see a lot of comments about how JLo was the only stunner he was with. Look what he did to her. The young woman at the time was broken. She was madly in love….remember that photo, he was side eyeing as if she were just some random. He’s not all that himself, physically. I think the Jennifers took the most humiliation. The nanny can blank herself and this woman is unknown, she looks like a party girl to me.

      • me says:

        he treats women like shit.

    • Mimisnowball says:

      Nothing will ever top Jen’s 13 years (and counting) of being his doormat. Shooks was long gone before the Playmate and the downward spiral. I don’t even know that I buy that they are “talking” again. She left him and never looked back. As for X17′s claims, they got the info about Jen’s new home all wrong, so I wouldn’t put much stock into anything they say.

  10. Florida says:

    Ben Affleck is utterly repulsive to me on every level. I am always amazed to see anyone wanting to be with him. There’s not enough money or fame in the world, IMO.

  11. girl_ninja says:

    They seemed so unhealthy when they were together. I’m not a fan of his but I hope he is sober and can stay sober.

    • Lady D says:

      This hookup might be good for Ben, but it’s not good for her. I hope Lindsay runs in the opposite direction from this asshole lush.

  12. Beach Dreams says:

    That photo…wow. 😬

  13. bobafelty says:

    She happily enabled his drinking before, so this seems like a bad idea for his sobriety. I’d say the same if he got back with Jennifer (never happening, i know)…but going back to an enabler, not matter how well meaning, is no good.

  14. TheOriginalMia says:

    She became his legitimate girlfriend after having a long affair with him. If she wasn’t shamed by their sneaking around and torpedoing their own marriages or Nannygate, Playboy bunny wasn’t going to shame her away from Batfleck. This is a pattern in their relationship. Lindsay is always going to be there and available when Ben decides he wants to be with her. They are dedicated to each other.

    • Quietus says:

      You’re probably 100% right. This woman likes to punish herself!

    • Dana Marie says:

      Sad to say but women like LS have no self-worth. She probably had a poor fatherly/motherly role model to beleive that it’s okay to accept this type of behavior from a man. It’s not OK! In the end, self respect and dignity is worth more than all of his fame, money and houses.

  15. Originaltessa says:

    And I thought Jen was a doormat!

    • me says:

      they are both cheaters, I bet Shookus and Ben have cheated on each other (while cheating on their spouses) over the years all the time so it’s not a huge deal for her to go back after bunny. I think the bunny was just the most humiliating out of all their toxic behaviors.

      • Kebbie says:

        Didn’t he cheat on Shookus with the nanny? He supposedly first got with Shookus in 2013 and slept with the nanny in 2015. Then he and Lindsay went public in 2017 and tried to claim it was new (before Garner had her sources torpedo that work of fiction and outed them for the cheaters they were.)

    • Mimisnowball says:

      She was and still is. She took Ben back after Shookus FFS.

  16. me says:

    Bummer. I was hoping she would find somebody nice and ditch Ben for good. They seem addicted to each other.

  17. Carolnr says:

    Matt Damon was papped out to dinner with Lindsay after he was on SNL. I am sure he filled her in all about Ben. There is a binding connection between Lindsay & Ben & obviously has been for years (probably while Ben was still married to Jen).
    Ben was also papped leaving on his private plane for Montana. Nobody goes out to Montana ALONE!
    All the stories about Ben not dating & focusing on himself & his children were just that STORIES. Why have that published? It just always seems to come back & bite him in the a$$!
    If the bicoastal relationship did not work before? Why would it work now? Unless they move to the same coast, it will probably fail again…

  18. Mimisnowball says:

    I doubt this is true. But if it is, it explains why Ben all of a sudden seems to enjoy life again for the past week or so, and why Jen is downcast. I don’t think Jen can be completely happy while Ben is with another woman. That torch is still burning.

  19. julie says:

    For some reason I don’t buy it. I think the tabloids have been trying to get some mileage out of Garner’s love life but those stories don’t get the clicks. Now they’re dangling this fantasy that he and LS might be getting back together, and the old ladies on the DM have already gone wild.

  20. Mela says:

    Theres obviously some sort of real connection between shookus and ben. The relationship is bad publicity for both of them so if they forge forward together despite this, it shows they probably sincerely care for one another

  21. Ilive says:

    Jen is so annoying, doubt the new bf is really into her if not for the money and publicity, she should just marry one of her fans on DM and get lost

    • me says:

      “she should just marry one of her fans on DM and get lost”

      LMFAO haha

      you win the celeb gossip internet today

    • MariettaJ says:

      Bahahahaha!!!! That was the best comment ever!

      On another note, every man seems to never be able to be alone for long, Ben included. I truly hope he stays sober this time and Lindsay doesn’t jeopardize it.

      Side note, just hit 13 years myself this past January! 2018 was super rough, but I made it!

    • Quietus says:

      LOL, her fans on DM seem to be mostly paid posters / PR team! Semi-negative comments get instantly, permanently deleted, I swear. I’ve been visiting DM Showbiz for years and am convinced Garner and Hugh Jackman have the tightest PR team working on their DM stories I’ve come across. Jackman’s team is equally fervent, but for him it’s about deleting gay-rumour posts and downvotes unflattering comments about him ageing, etc.

  22. joie says:

    Not sure why these “sources” feel the need to create these alerts/articles every few days re: Jen’s love life and now Ben’s. There are no interesting pics of the former and no new pics whatsoever of the latter. We don’t need to know about it. Maybe Shookus contacted him about using his ski chalet in Montana. She had family members at his place around this time last year, too.

    • Jenfan says:

      Hmm please do share – any more juicy gossip on who uses his chalet? I wonder if he and Jen now have two separate ones or if they ga exa tjne sharing agreement?

  23. Lena says:

    Ben is so thirsty. I think he just likes attention on his love life and has been missing it cause why else would he plant this?

  24. Loca says:

    Is Shookus still legally married? New pics of Jennifer looking downcast today, this always seems to happen everytime Ben is with someone. Knew Ben and Lindsay wouldn’t leave each other alone for long. Its been time Jennifer move on with her life, I hope the boyfriend story is not fake but who knows it could be a set up. Jennifer is a control freak and honestly spends way to much time on what her ex husband is doing. Its best to start moving on.

    • Lena says:

      Wow that’s a stretch. If we are making photo assumptions here there are pictures of Ben today looking like he hates his life.

  25. Carolnr says:

    @ Lena
    Totally agree!

  26. Puravidacostarica says:

    These two could be models for the warning photos on alcohol bottles….