Four months ago, and two years after their initial announcement, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce.
The parents of three were married for 10 years before their 2015 breakup, but because of the significant amount of time it took to finally, really divorce, fans couldn’t help but hope for a rekindling.
Those hopes were partly washed away after the two filed in April, and as of last month, their marriage seems to be done for good.Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Affleck has a new girlfriend: “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus.
When the news was first announced, a source told E! News that they were “in the early stages” of their relationship, but that it’s definitely “more than a summer fling.”
— E! News (@enews) July 7, 2017
The reports that Affleck has genuine feelings for Shookus seem likely; for such a famous celebrity to take his girlfriend to L.A. hot spots for dinner and dates must mean that he’s serious enough to not mind all the publicity.
In fact, when they were first spotted, Affleck had his hand on the small of Shookus’s back — not something one does when they’re attempting to have an under-the-radar relationship.
On Tuesday, Affleck and Shookus were seen on their way to a comedy show in Hollywood after a reported weekend rendezvous in Maine.
A source told People that their frequent outings aren’t going to slow down anytime soon:
“He also really enjoys spending time with Lindsay. It won’t be surprising to see them out and about and together in the coming weeks.”
However, on the same day, Garner was spotted walking in an embrace with someone, too.
But who was it?
According to People, Garner was accompanied by none other than her former mother-in-law, Christopher Anne “Chris” (née Boldt).
Yes, Affleck’s mom.
Apparently, the two are still incredibly close.
— Jennifer Garner Online (@JenGarnerORG) August 2, 2017
Garner even reportedly gave her ex-mother-in-law the sunglasses she was wearing, to help her vision in the L.A. sun.
According to the pictures, the two shared laughs, hugs, great conversation, and smiles along their stroll.
A source told People that both Garner and Affleck are entirely dedicated to putting their family first:
“He’s trying to live a normal life and is focused on putting his family first. Ben and Jen have worked hard to figure out what’s best for their kids. They’ll continue to spend time together and separately.”
But after such a heartbreaking divorce, her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, and the juggle of three children, it’s clear that Garner just needed a little one-on-one time with the only other woman who knows Affleck best — his mom.