Lindsay Shookus took Ben Affleck back ‘because she was impressed he was sober’

Us Magazine has a new article with more on Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus’s relationship, which they’ve been chronicling since they went public. The two got back together again in early February, after breaking up in August when Ben hooked up with that 22 year-old Playboy model, Shauna Sexton. So Ben cheated on Lindsay, went to rehab, then she took him back. (You probably already know this.) In our last post about Ben and Lindsay, I theorized that Ben was still paying for that apartment he rented for Lindsay in NY and that may have been a motivator for her to take him back. According to US, Lindsay took Ben back because he got sober after rehab. We’ve also heard that she’s like a sober coach for him and tries to keep people who are drinking away from him.

A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that Shookus, 38, chose to get back together with Affleck, 46, “because she was impressed that he’d gone back to rehab and was sober.”

A second insider adds that the pair have “picked up right where they left off” since they rekindled their romance and are “very comfortable together [and] happy.”

The first source also tells Us that Affleck’s reestablished involvement with the Saturday Night Live producer is a “very positive influence in his life.” The insider notes, “He’s in a good place and works hard on himself every day. He’s much stronger at this stage.”

The Justice League actor and Shookus split in August 2018 after more than a year of dating. Affleck started romancing Shauna Sexton shortly after the breakup and checked himself into rehab for substance abuse days after he and the Playboy model, 23, were first spotted together. He completed the 40-day program in October, but he and Sexton ended their fling around the same time.

[From Us Magazine]

Look at US trying to claim that Ben and Lindsay were broken up when he started dating Shauna. That’s not how it happened, as I explained above and in more detail here. Anyway they’re back together now and I hope Ben stays sober and that he treats Lindsay ok. Meaning he doesn’t openly cheat on her, I think that’s the most she can expect from him. It’s not the booze, it’s Ben.

Ben Affleck still has that Wandering Eye


Ben Affleck still has that Wandering Eye

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  1. CatMc says:

    I saw the top pic and thought it was Michael Cohen.

    • Booradley says:

      agreed, he doesn’t look like himself. I don’t think he’s aging well at all, but I guess all that boozing will do that to you

    • Kealeen says:

      Holy sh*t, I thought it was just me squinting and being half-awake! Totally Michael Cohen. Guess we know who will be playing him in the inevitable movie about our current misery.

  2. Smee says:

    Is that woman wearing footed tights with slip-on loafers?!

    As for Lindsay – you’re gonna get burned.

    • Skyblue says:

      I can’t stop staring at the footed tights and loafers.

    • Nichole says:

      I think she’s just a passer-by and out for a coffee run, maybe? I just got back from Dunkins in my pajamas because hubby is working from home today and I wanted to surprise him. Granted, I stuck to the drive-thru…

      • Franklymydear... says:

        I don’t think the tights are footed…I think she has them pulled down over her feet because she’s short and they’re long. Maybe avoiding the cankles look? I do it sometimes, I’m just lucky enough to never be near Ben Affleck!!!

  3. Lara says:

    Ah, some people are so easily impressed. Guess she forgot all about his playboy bunny escapades too?

  4. Murphy says:

    So Jen Garner gets the job of drying him out then Lindsay picks him up again?

    • GreenQueen says:

      Yes, and it’s not going to turn out well for her. The cycle is so tiring. Alcoholism sucks, I don’t have the energy for that ish. Unfortunately Jen is stuck with him forever and she likely saved him for her kids. I’m a nurse and my coworker told me this yesterday about her kids dad. We were talking about a patient of ours who is rapidly deteriorating medically from withdrawal and she said she flew out to Colorado a couple years back to save her kids dad who was dying in the hospital from withdrawal. She said her boys weren’t old enough to make that choice but if they could they would have chosen to save him and she felt it was her duty to do that. She had to take time off work, have her parents watch the boys, argue with his providers over his treatment and I was sitting there stunned that she would do that for a man whom abandoned the marriage and children and treated her awfully. Jen did it for the kids.

      • Lucia says:

        And let me guess…if her story is anything like mine, her ex still went back to drinking…

        I had to go down to Chile to try and “save” my biological father. He was withdrawing horribly and his liver was failing. I spent 6 weeks nursing him back to health. The next time I went down there was to identify his body and bury it (I was his only listed next of kin), after he was found dead in Valparaiso, which is 45 minutes from where he lived.

        When people get that bad, no amount of love or kids will save them.

  5. Louis says:

    Your version of events is fantasy and inaccurate. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  6. Rapunzel says:

    I hope Ben is really sober this time. But I doubt sobriety means that much to Shookus. This is more like Ben’s PR to assure studios that he isn’t an insurance liability.

    • Dora says:

      I wonder if alcohol was his only addiction. Multiple addictions are like Lernaean hydra for a rich famous movie star. I think it is hard to recover with all the temptations around him.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Looks like he’s got himself a new Jen Garner, someone to take him back after he relapses and cheats over and over. Look at his pattern, girl! You aren’t going to change him no matter how “different” you are than the last one, or how “serious” he’s taking his sobriety this time.

  8. ShazBot says:

    I guess when you spent years as mistress #1, a few others on the side don’t bother you…

    • Kebbie says:

      Yeah, I still want to know how she felt about him and the nanny. Did she think she was the only one? That he was faithful to her (aside from his wife)? Or did she know she was just one of many?

  9. Thaisajs says:

    She can’t fix him, but she seems intent on trying. Oh well. Her life.

  10. lucy2 says:

    She thinks she can be the one to “save” him. It’s not going to happen. If his wife and kids weren’t enough, she won’t be either.

  11. Lucia says:

    I can totally believe this article. Lindsay and Ben aren’t in a relationship. She’s his “Sober Mommy.” She is not with him, she works for him.

    Maybe it’s my lack of maternal instinct, maybe I’m just an unfeeling bitch but I couldn’t be in a relationship like this regardless of whether he paid for my NYC apartment or not. Figure it out and be supportive of his choices and set boundaries but it is not her job to make sure he remains sober. That’s his job.

    She’s actually doing him a disservice. He needs to remain sober for him and figure out his own way to be sober. All this is doing is creating an unhealthy codependency. When he inevitably screws up, he will relapse until he decides to take responsibility for his own sobriety.

  12. Lala11_7 says:

    Lindsay seems like the type where…

    “Ok…you’re cool we’re cool”…

    “Ok…you’re wasted…I’m out”…

    Lessons to be learned…

  13. Kebbie says:

    “Picking up where they left off”

    Correct me if I’m wrong but they left off with her keying his car and him sleeping with a 22 year old playmate, right?

  14. bobafelty says:

    He seems to rotate addictions: booze, if not booze then gambling, if not gambling then escorts. Rinse and repeat forever.

  15. Mary says:

    These two just cant stay away from each other

    How does Lindsay not secretly hate him deep down inside? He refused to leave Jen for years and once he did leave Jen, he cheats on Lindsay with the bunny within weeks of meeting her daughter and parents. How can you ever get past those type of events?

    Ben Affleck is not relationship material. He is going to end up alone im sure or with a revolving door of 20 something fame whores because who else can stand by him and have a relationship that is functional

  16. Carolnr says:

    Apparently it doesn’t take a lot to impress Lindsay….

  17. Gurl says:

    So does anyone know if Lindsay finalized her divorce yet?

    • Dora says:

      I think not. Per her biography on IMDb they separated in 2014, but in her husband page is written that he is maried from 12 June 2010 – present. Who knows.

  18. Anare says:

    I get the feeling Ben is not in a good place right now. He seems kind of pinched and angry. Maybe feeling forced into rehab? Sounds like he is relying on a lot of external controls to keep him stable. Imagine there will be more messy chapters to this story.

  19. A Fan says:

    He’s got a knack for finding loyal women who tolerate his destructive patterns. Looks like Lindsay is Jen’s replacement.

    [*There will be more Chrissy O/Shawna S replacements, too.*]

  20. Dizzy says:

    Leggings are the worst “fashion” trend ever! Only a person in olympic athlete shape should be wearing them.

  21. mtam says:

    Gosh the bar is literally so low.