Lindsay Shookus to Ben Affleck: If You Relapse, We’re Through!
Well, it’s official, folks — Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are back together.
We’ve known that for a while, but the couple obviously felt as though they needed to keep up the charade of a platonic friendship for a few weeks.
We suppose that’s not terribly surprising.
After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that Affleck dumped Shookus for Playboy model Shauna Sexton, who was a little less than half his age.
After suffering a humiliation like that, it’s not surprising that Lindsay would want to give the impression that Ben had to work to win her back — whether or not that was actually the case is anyone’s guess.
Of course, the main obstacle to this reconciliation — and seemingly the main reason Ben and Lindsay broke up — was Affleck’s struggles with alcoholism.
Ben relapsed and checked into rehab in December of 2017 after several years of sobriety.
During his time with Lindsay, the Oscar winner was said to be happily on the wagon.
Just days after news of their split went public, however, Ben was spotted paying for a delivery from a liquor store outside of a home where he had reportedly been partying with Sexton.
Needless to say, it didn’t look good at that point.
But the pics of Ben mid-bender prompted his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, to stage an impromptu intervention and persuade the actor to enter rehab.
And apparently Affleck’s valiant struggle to get sober factored heavily in Lindsay’s decision to give him a second chance.
A source tells Us Weekly that Lindsay agreed to take him back largely “because she was impressed that he’d gone back to rehab and was sober.”
The source adds that Shookus has been a “very positive influence in his life.”
The insider goes on to say, “He’s in a good place and works hard on himself every day. He’s much stronger at this stage.”
Back in February, a source informed Us that Ben and Lindsay were tentatively hanging out again.
“They’ve been talking and have seen each other again,” the insider claimed.
“Ben is in a much better place health-wise, and is a lot happier.”
These says Ben and Lindsay are “are totally back on,” the same tipster reveals.
Great news for all involved — though it sounds like the future of this relationship is contingent on Ben’s ability to remain on his best behavior.