Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have reached a custody agreement, but it is vague for an obvious reason … Ben’s issue with alcohol. As we have already reported, the couple long ago agreed to joint custody of their 3 kids. There are 2 elements to…
As you’ve likely heard by now, Ben Affleck is back in rehab to receive further treatment for the alcohol addiction that’s plagued him throughout his adult life.
Interestingly, the decision to seek further help was prompted by Ben’s estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, who staged an intervention with the help of a professional sobriety coach.
Though Ben is set to remain in treatment for at least the next 30 days, major developments have taken place in his life in the meantime.
E! News is reporting today that Affleck and Garner have finally finalized their divorce more than two years after they separated.
The timing, of course, is no coincidence.
Jen has been hoping to work out a mutually amicable custody agreement for years.
She held off on taking Ben to court until she felt he could be trusted to properly care for his kids.
Yes, Jen put her kids’ relationship with their dad above whatever selfish impulses she may have felt.
Despite allegations that Affleck cheated on her and was generally not the greatest partner, Jen knew that if she went nuclear, it would mean essentially taking her kids away from their father.
And so, even when Ben wasn’t willing to put work into his sobriety, Jen was.
It’s official folks — no one is allowed to make a joke at Jennifer Garner’s expense ever again, no matter how many cheesy crossover Capital One ads she stars in alongside Captain Obvious from Hotels.com.
As for Ben’s treatment, there’s no way of knowing how he’s progressed during the notoriously difficult first week, but those who know the actor best say that he checked in with every intention of getting sober.
“Ben was doing well for the last few months and very committed to his sobriety,” said one source when discussing Affleck’s latest relapse.
“But recently he started to slip up and began drinking again.”
The source revealed that Ben’s fall from the wagon was the result of many things, including an influx of downtime and his recent breakup with Lindsay Shookus.
But the biggest factor was Ben’s relationship with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model with a penchant for hard partying.
“He wrapped his movie and had some downtime,” the source claimed.
“This week, he was heavily drinking alone at home and with the Playboy model.”
We wish Ben all the best with his treatment — and we applaud Jen for her commitment to her kids’ happiness.
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As you may have heard, Ben Affleck has checked into rehab to seek help for his ongoing issues with alcohol.
It’s the third time that the actor has sought treatment at an in-patient facility, and this time, he reportedly did so at the behest of his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner.
Insiders close to the situation say Garner was eventually able to usher Ben to the realization that he needs to get sober for the sake of his three children.
But apparently, it was not easy getting him to that point.
In the days leading up to Wednesday’s intervention, Affleck was spending time with Shauna Sexton, a Playboy model who has made no secret of her love of booze.
In interviews, Sexton has been effusive in her praise for whiskey, which would be perfectly fine — she’s young, and we have no reason to believe she has an issue with addiction — were it not for the fact that she’s dating an alcoholic.
Shortly after news of Affleck and Sexton’s relationship went public, Ben was spotted paying for a delivery from a liquor store near his home,
Sources close to the Oscar winner assured the press that the alcohol was for Shauna and friend, and Ben would not be partaking.
Still, the sight of a recovering drunk shouldering a box full of booze understandably raised some red flags for those who were already concerned for Ben.
The mother of Ben’s children was so upset by the reports of his relapse that she decided to stage an emergency intervention
“Garner was very emotional but decided to take the situation into her own hands,” an insider tells Entertainment Tonight.
The source adds that Garner “looked distraught” as she arrived at Ben’s home on Wednesday afternoon.
At one point, Garner left the residence and returned with a bodyguard, leading many to the conclusion that Ben became irate, possibly while intoxicated.
She later appeared frustrated and exhausted while making a stop at a nearby Jack In the Box drive-thru before driving Ben to the rehab facility.
“Jen is proud of the strides he’s made, but some of his friends were worried he might be taking some steps backward and could be on a slippery slope,” the source says.
“Ben wants nothing more than to get sober for his kids, for Jen and also for his career.”
For his part, Ben reportedly “realizes the dangers of what he could lose in life if he doesn’t stick to the program, and dedicate himself to these big changes.”
“Sadly, he also seemed to be putting himself in some unhealthy situations for someone who has plans to sustain a sober life,” the insider continues.
“Ben was back to staying out late and hanging with his old crowd.”
The tipster claims Jen had real reason to be concerned:
“Just the other night he was out late with a group of old friends and lots of women, all who were partying up a storm,” the source says.
“It’s truly worrisome for those who have seen him fall off the wagon in the past. The bottom line is he was going out again and hanging with drinkers, and it seems to have all happened too quickly.”
The insider says those closest to Ben became particularly concerned after his recent breakup with Lindsay Shookus, due to the fact that the SNL producer had been a stabilizing influence in his life.
“Lindsay was a huge support to Ben and he was doing really well. She truly helped him with his sobriety and Jen loved that he had a steady situation,” the source claims.
“Lindsay thought they had a future together, and she was a positive influence on him, but he felt tied down.”
Garner reportedly feels that this may be Ben’s last chance to kick his habit if he wants to continue to have a relationship with his children.
She’s reportedly held off on finalizing her divorce from Ben in hopes that he’ll get and stay sober so that an amicable custody deal can be arranged.
Another incentive may be the fact that Garner’s career is on the upswing, and she can no longer afford that negative press attention that her ex’s hard-partying lifestyle attracts.
We’ll have further updates on Ben’s latest struggle with sobriety as more information becomes available.
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Earlier this week, the world learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up after just over a year of dating.
Given the fact that the couple went to great pains to keep their relationship as private as possible, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there was no official statement confirming the split.
What is surprising, however, is the fact that Ben moved on within days of the breakup.
Yes, these days, Affleck is dating Playboy model Shauna Sexton.
Aside from drunkenly posting all-caps rage comments on an article suggesting that it’s time for Tom Brady to retire, dumping a successful career woman who’s at least close to his age in favor of a 22-year-old centerfold is the most Ben Affleck thing Ben Affleck has ever done.
Those who know him best probably aren’t shocked by the decision — but that doesn’t mean they like it.
According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner has been quite vocal about her distaste for Ben’s new relationship.
A source close to the situation tells the tabloid that it’s not a matter of jealousy — rather it’s the fact that Jen desperately wants her three children to have a relationship with their father, but she feels she can’t trust Affleck when he’s spending his time with hard-partying college-aged women.
“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve,” says the insider.
“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.”
The source goes on to claim that while Ben’s reckless rebound behavior was not unexpected, Jen had hoped for a shred of maturity from her ex.
“Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model,” the insider adds.
“But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”
And this isn’t a case of Jen being skeptical of Shauna simply because of her age or profession.
You see, Affleck is still newly sober, and Shauna is, well … not.
Her Playboy bio she reveals that she loves whiskey, and Ben was recently spotted carrying a case of the hard stuff into his home.
Sources close to the actor swear the booze was for Shauna, but members of his inner circle are still concerned.
Even if Ben is still off the sauce, taking up with a hard-drinking girlfriend half his age doesn’t exactly improve his chances of staying sober.
Here’s hoping Ben will slow things down a bit before he spirals out of control once again.
We know what you’re thinking — aren’t Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner already divorced?!
The answer, skeptical reader is no. No, they are not.
And we imagine some folks — like, say, Ben’s longtime girlfriend Lindsay Shookus — are beginning to wonder why these two are so hesitant to pull the trigger.
The official reason is that there have been delays with regard to the couple hammering out a mutually agreeable arrangement for custody of their three children.
But that explanation doesn’t tell the whole story.
Part of the reason the whole process has taken years instead of months is that Affleck and Garner nearly reconciled on several occasions.
Even after Garner filed for divorce in 2016, she and Ben were spotted attending couple’s therapy session.
These days, it seems they’ve fully made up their minds that they’re not right for each other.
In fact, there have been rumors that Affleck would like to marry Shookus as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, Ben and Jen have dragged their feet so long that they might soon be forced to start the whole process over from the beginning.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Affleck and Garner were recently cautioned that if they don’t act soon, their case will be thrown out of the system.
“This is your third notice of case review,” the document states.
“If you fail to take the appropriate steps in your case, the Court may dismiss your case for delay in prosecution.”
Turns out, even if you’re rich and famous, the courts won’t just keep your divorce petition in limbo forever while you figure out how to divide up the alpaca farm.
Whatever happens next is sure to be at least mildly interesting.
Either Ben and Jen get divorced, thus bringing our long national nightmare to an end, or they decide to drag things out even longer.
If they opt for the latter, we can’t imagine Ben’s SNL producer girlfriend will be up for waiting around much longer.
If Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have taught us anything, it’s that the live from New York set has no trouble attracting A-list significant others these days.
Long before Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson or Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson, another SNL staffer entered an unexpected romance with a Hollywood A-lister.
We’re talking, of course, about Lindsay Shookus, who’s been dating Good Will Hunting screenwriter and noted awful tattoo enthusiast Ben Affleck for over a year now.
For the past several months, rumors about Affleck and Shookus getting married have been circulating non-stop.
In fact, some have gone so far as to claim the only thing holding the couple back is the fact that Ben is still married to Jennifer Garner.
While that’s technically true, we’re sure the couple could iron things out and sign the papers in a hurry if need be.
After all, it’s not like they’re getting back together, and they’re both independently wealthy.
Ben was Batman, and Jen’s Capital One commercials now feature cameos from Captain Obvious himself!
Now, sources say what’s really holding up the proceedings are concerns about Affleck and Garner’s kids.
But this isn’t your typical Hollywood custody battle — sources say Ben and Jen both want to divide up time with their children as equitably as possible.
No, what’s holding up the parade is the fact that Jen reportedly doesn’t want Lindsay anywhere near her kids.
“Jen doesn’t want the kids around Lindsay or having her in their lives. She has many reasons,” a source tells Us Weekly.
“Ben understands and has honored her request.”
Needless to say, Jen’s stance complicates the situation just a bit.
We imagine it’s tough to be a good stepmom when you’re not allowed to see your stepkids.
But amazingly, it seems Ben is totally cool with his ex’s request.
“They’re good friends,” the source adds.
“She wants him to be honest and he usually is. She tends to find out about things, and Ben is very open with her. They both want what’s best for the kids and have made a commitment to see that through.”
The insider says that in all likelihood, Jen will eventually relax her anti-Shookus stance.
But one thing she’ll remain vigilant about is Affleck’s drinking.
“The one thing she’s not flexible on is sobriety,” the source tells Us.
“Jen is hesitant to sign off until she’s certain that the kids will be in the best hands at all time.”
The insider adds:
“Finalizing the divorce has been a long process because of it.”
The source was mum on the question of whether or not the fact that Ben and Lindsay have been seen drinking together has contributed to Garner’s skepticism.
But you don’t have to be the world’s greatest detective to piece that one together.
Jennifer Garner make it very difficult to be a celebrity gossip website.
You see, we specialize in the scandalous; in the bitter break-ups that lead to angry Tweets or unexpected mistresses or, in the ideal scenario, some sort of revenge porn situation.
We’re never sure what to do with a star who possibly gets cheated on, definitely gets snubbed on many occasions…
… and simply responds with kindness and generosity of spirit.
But this is the situation we’ve often found ourselves in when it comes to Garner and Ben Affleck.
The actress filed for divorce from the actor in April of 2017, well over a year since the celebrities separated amidst talk that Affleck cared more about drinking than about his family.
(Jennifer and Ben are parents to three kids: Samuel, Seraphina and Violet.)
There was even talk at one point that Affleck had been unfaithful to Garner.
Nevertheless, Garner has refused to say anything negative about her ex-husband to the press.
She’s practically gone out of her way in the opposite direction, in fact, praising Affleck as a caring individual and as a dad.
This is what she did again on Sunday.
In honor of an occasion that celebrates men with children, Garner posted a sepia-filtered photo of Affleck on Instagra, along with a very sweet shout-out about his parenting in general.
It reads as follows:
“Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them and loves them the way you love them, @benaffleck. #happyfathersday #threeluckykids #haveagreatday.”
What the heck kind of snarky comment can we make about this nice gesture?
Last week, Affleck celebrated his 12-year-old daughter’s school graduation at Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica.
He and Garner are also parents to a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old and have done all they can to shield these kids from the often-dangerous glare of the spotlight.
Because the stars remain so chummy after their split, there’s been endless talk of an eventual Ben and Jen reconciliation.
There have been many tabloid covers and stories such as the one featured below:
But Affleck seems very happy with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, who he’s actually been with now for over a year.
And his three children seem very happy with him, too.
Affleck marked Father’s Day on social media by sharing an image of the homemade card from his kids that read: “Love you dad! You are my superhero!”
And he wrote as a caption to it:
I can think of three incredible reasons why today is so special.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there, and to the women that empower them to be the best they can be.
But perhaps he’s not so bad after all.
We are all so fortunate beyond measure
It’s been almost a year since the world first learned that Ben Affleck is dating Lindsay Shookus, and though the couple has kept their relationship as low-key as possible, in that time, fans and the press have jumped to the same conclusion about the couple’s dynamic.
Whether it’s fair or not, the picture that’s emerged is one of a self-indulgent manchild meeting his ideal enabler.
This might have something to do with the fact that Ben and Lindsay were spotted drinking together in her hometown shortly after they started dating.
Normally, that wouldn’t be a big deal, but Affleck has been in and out of rehab several times in the past few years, and his friends and family were understandably concerned that he seemed to be throwing caution to the wind.
As for Garner, she’s said to be unconcerned about the relationship and has reportedly informed Shookus that Ben’s drinking is her problem now.
So Lindsay and Jen obviously don’t quite get along, but it seems they’re willing to join forces when the stakes are high enough.
Such as when Ben’s notorious temper threatens to have a negative impact on the lives of his three young children.
Recently, Ben and his kids were hounded by some paparazzi during their weekly visit to their local church.
Ben was less than pleased, and he made his feelings know with an irate tweet:
“Still not sure what is urgently newsworthy about a middle-aged man taking his kids to church,” Affleck wrote.
According to Radar Online, both Jen and Lindsay agreed that his response would only serve to make the situation worse.
And apparently, they joined forces to make Ben see their error of his ways.
After reportedly consulting with Jen, Lindsay addressed the issue with Ben:
“Lindsay told him he doesn’t want to come off negatively like other celebrities when they spout off on their social media,” a source tells Radar.
“It doesn’t make him look good. They argued about it.”
Eventually, Ben came around to Jen and Lindsay’s way of thinking.
“He’s super remorseful and wants to make it right,” says the insider.
So there you have it.
All Ben needs to do to live a drama-free life is to consult with both his girlfriend and his ex before he makes any type of decision.