While Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been separated for over a while now and were divorced earlier this year, things remained largely unchanged for the couple, especially with Ben remaining on Garner’s estate throughout the split. Now, things are feeling more permanent with Affleck out on his own and finding love with a new girlfriend, and sources say Jennifer is finding it harder to cope than she expected.
Jennifer Garner Faces A Change To Her Extended Family
According to People, the fact that Ben is now dating Lindsay Shookus brings new issues to the table for Ms. Garner, as she tries to maintain a stable environment for the children she co-parents with Ben Affleck. Sources close to Jennifer say that her main focus is the children, 11-year-old Violet Affleck, 8-year-old Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, and 5-year-old Samuel Garner Affleck, though her young kids aren’t the only reasons Garner feels unsettled by Ben’s public romance with Lindsay Shookus.
It has been suggested by those close to Affleck and Garner that an affair between Ben and Lindsay has been ongoing since 2013 and that Garner discovered the affair in 2015. Other sources say that Affleck and Shookus have never been anything more than close friends in the past and that the romance is a new development.
In either case, Jennifer’s friends suggest the Wakefield actress would have felt better about the situation if Ben had chosen to date someone unknown to the family. A new love interest without a previous history with Affleck might have been better received, say sources.
New Or Rekindled, Ben Affleck And Lindsay Shookus Are Definitely An Item
New Zealand Herald has uncovered additional sources that claim first-hand knowledge of a long-running affair between Affleck and Shookus, suggesting the two were involved while Ben was still married to Jennifer Garner. The sources say the affair was a badly kept secret with neither Ben, nor Lindsay going to any great lengths to keep the romance a secret.
Affleck would often fly to New York to see Shookus and the city’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel was a favorite haunt for their trysts, say the insiders.
“They didn’t hide… They would use the Mandarin Oriental [hotel]. They were regulars,” said one source.
Ben and Lindsay reportedly connected, following Affleck’s May, 2013, Saturday Night Live appearance. Ms. Shookus and Ben were seen “acting flirty” at an after-party for The Heat within that same time frame, reveal reports from attendees of the event.
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