Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ben Affleck's new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus 'were both married when they started dating'

Ben Affleck, left, and new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, right
Ben Affleck, left, and new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, right
Sienna Miller and Ben Affleck attending the Live By Night Premiere at the BFI Southbank, London
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Ben Affleck attends the European Premiere of "Suicide Squad" at the Odeon Leicester Square on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Ben Affleck and Samuel Affleck are seen on November 09, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen in Brentwood on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ben Affleck's burgeoning relationship with producer Lindsay Shookus has only been public since Friday and boy, have we been bombarded with gossip since.

Affleck and wife of 10 years Jennifer Garner ended their marriage in March, two years after announcing their split and it's reported that he is in the "early stages" of a romance with Shookus, a producer on Saturday Night Live.

Shookus was married to Kevin Miller since 2010, but multiple sources are reporting that the pair began dating while they were both legally married.

The Oscar-winning producer (44), who has three children with Garner, often met the producer in New York and she reportedly flew to Los Angeles to see him, with People and US Weekly claiming the relationship began when they were both married, but emphasise that neither were the cause of their respective marriage breakdowns.

Actor Ben Affleck arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Actor Ben Affleck arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Live By Night" at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Another source contradicts the reports though to People, who said: "They’ve known each other for a while. They’re dating — it is relatively new. It’s still in a really early stage. He’s working on himself, he’s working on being happy and healthy.  There is not one reason why any marriage breaks up."

"The friendship’s been going on for a very long time but this is newer waters for them. They’ve been trying to take it slow but it’s progressing quickly. Their feelings are strong," another insider added.

Garner and Affleck have been separate for the last two years and last weekend, they spent the Fourth of July together with their children. Last month, they flew to the Bahamas together as a family in order to keep their relationship as cordial as possible for the sake of the young children - Violet (11), Seraphina (eight) and Samuel (five).

The Mother's Day star (45) is reportedly "okay" with his new relationship. She has not been publicly linked to anyone since their split.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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