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.