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Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus: Already MARRIED?!

It’s been less than a year since we first learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are dating, but the couple has been moving at warp speed in recent months.

Affleck checked into rehab for the fourth time in December, and sources say he went straight from treatment to an apartment in New York that he now shares with Shookus.

Ben and Lindsay

And it seems moving in together isn’t the only major step forward the couple has taken in 2018.

Some insiders close to Ben and Lindsay say wedding bells are in the near future for the Oscar winner and the SNL producer.

Meanwhile, others claim they’ve already gotten hitched and are simply waiting for the right time to make the announcement.

Witnesses say Lindsay has been sporting some new bling on her left hand in recent weeks, but the jury’s still out as to whether it’s an engagement ring or a wedding band.

Whatever the case, it seems there’s no denying that Ben and Lindsay are head over heels for one another.

“He’s fallen hard,” an insider tells Life & Style.

“It’s no surprise that they’re now taking their relationship to the next level.”

There are conflicting accounts as to whether or not the knot has already been tied, but there’s no doubt these two are in it for the long haul.

“They both want to spend the rest of their lives together.”

“They can’t bear to be apart and spend every free moment they have together,”

One insider says the only thing holding the couple back is the fact that Ben’s divorce from Jennifer Garner is not yet finalized.

“It hasn’t been a straightforward procedure,” explains the source.

“They’ve spent months behind closed doors working out how to divide assets, finances and custody of their children.”

Yes, if there’s a downside to possessing tens of millions in assets (big if), it’s that having so much stuff makes a very complicated divorce.

“They are getting close to finalizing things. Once their divorces are both out of the way, Ben plans to walk down the aisle with Lindsay,” says one insider.

So it sounds like despite claims to the contrary, Ben and Lindsay are not yet married.

But it also sounds like they’ll be taking the plunge as soon as legally possible.

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Ben Affleck: Did He Leave Rehab For Christmas? Is He Moving In With Lindsay Shookus?

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ben Affleck had checked back into rehab, marking his third stint in an addiction treatment facility in 2017.

The decision to seek medical assistance reportedly came after a relapse that left friends and family concerned for the actor’s safety.

Ben has spoken openly about his struggles with alcoholism over the years, but news of his latest round of treatment became public knowledge only after the Oscar winner was spotted attending a group therapy session at a Passages facility in Malibu.

Reported reasons for the secrecy vary, but many believe Affleck has decided to eschew the traditional 12-step method of treatment in favor of Passages’ more personalized–and controversial–approach.

Given the timing of his treatment, fans wondered if Affleck would be able to spend time with his three children during the holiday season.

Many rehab centers strictly forbid patients from coming and going, but it seems Passages takes a more relaxed approach, as Page Six is reporting that Ben was indeed released from the facility to spend Christmas with his kids.

The outlet claims that Ben went straight from rehab to a home owned by his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner.

There, he celebrated Christmas with Garner and his three children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5.

Ben apparently remained out of treatment for at least two days.

On Tuesday, he was spotted enjoying dinner with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in Malibu.

Affleck reportedly remained sober throughout the meal.

Sources say Affleck and Shookus are still going strong and are currently planning a major step forward together as a couple.

According to Page Six, Affleck and Shookus, a producer on SNL, recently purchased an apartment together in 15 Central Park West, one of Manhattan’s most exclusive buildings.

Affleck will reportedly join Shookus in the new digs once he completes treatment.

A Boston native, Ben’s no stranger to the East Coast, but he’s spent most of his adult life living in Southern California.

The return east represents a major change for Ben, and while his relationship with Shookus has reportedly had a positive effect on his mental health, some are concerned that the 45-year-old is “pulling a geographic” and attempting to flee from his addiction.

Affleck’s three children will reportedly remain in the Los Angeles area, where Ben will continue to own a home and visit frequently.

We wish Ben and his family all the best during this difficult time.

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Ben Affleck Checks Into Rehab Again Following Latest Relapse

It’s been quite a tumultuous year for Ben Affleck.

2017 began with news that Affleck had completed rehab and attained sobriety again after relapsing following more than a decade of sobriety.

Sadly, it seems Ben’s battle with the bottle didn’t end there.

Radar Online is reporting that Affleck recently checked back into rehab, marking his third stint this year.

Insiders say the Oscar-winner was encouraged to seek treatment by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, and his brother, Casey Affleck.

“Ben relapsed,” a source tells the site.

“Jen and Casey are willing to try anything, and they don’t care if the methods are controversial.”

The “controversial methods” remark refers to Ben’s choice of treatment facility.

Affleck reportedly checked into Passages Malibu, which eschews the traditional 12-step method in favor of an “unorthodox holistic” approach to addiction.

Ben had previously been enrolled in an out-patient program, but according to a source close the actor, he recently decided that he needs a “constant support network” in order to remain sober.

Passages encourages patients to remain in treatment for a minimum of 45 days, and since Ben was first spotted at the facility on December 10, it seems he’ll remain at the facility through the holidays.

The source was unable to say for certain if Affleck will be able to see his three kids on Christmas, but notes that he is free to come and go from treatment as he sees fit:

“Ben isn’t a prisoner and is fully committed to seeing his children and fulfilling his work commitments outside the center,” the insider tells Radar.

Rumors that Ben was once again struggling with alcoholism began over the summer when he was spotted drinking with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, once while traveling in New England, and again during a trip to her hometown of Buffalo, NY.

Shortly thereafter, Ben began his outpatient program, but it seems he felt he needed a more comprehensive approach to the problem.

Those who know him best say Affleck has been despondent over newly-surfaced reports about his past behavior.

Recent accusations of Affleck groping female colleagues and generally behaving inappropriately prior to his marriage have reportedly taken a considerable emotional toll on the 45-year-old.

Here’s hoping Ben is able to finally find a method of treatment that works for him.

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