Lindsay Shookus stays at Ben Affleck’s ‘as well as her own place in L.A.’ this summer

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People Magazine has some insider quotes about how great Ben Affleck’s and Lindsay Shookus’s relationship is, which is kind of belied by some of the details they provide. Lindsay Shookus is in LA for the summer while SNL is on hiatus. These two are “doing normal couple things” and “spending more time together” but not all their time. Lindsay has her own place in LA despite the fact that Ben Affleck recently moved into a seven bedroom nine bath estate. There are two bathrooms and two walk in closets off the master bedroom, but I guess Lindsay’s stuff isn’t in either of them. She hasn’t met his kids yet either.

Buffalo native Shookus is staying at Affleck’s $19 million mansion on and off, as well as her own place in L.A. for the summer. She maintains a residence in New York City and will have to be on the East Coast more once the new season of SNL begins filming in the fall.

For now, she and the actor are “spending more time together while they both have downtime from work,” an Affleck pal says. “They’re enjoying doing normal couple things and exploring L.A. together.”

The insider adds that Affleck is also committed to making the most of family time with his kids — daughters Violet, 12, and Seraphina, 9, and son Samuel, 6 — with estranged wife Jennifer Garner, 46, who have not yet been introduced to Shookus.

“Ben loves spending time with the kids,” the Affleck pal continues. “They each have activities they like doing together.”

[From People]

What’s going on with these quotes? They sound passive aggressive, right? “Lindsay has her own place in LA but still works in NY, she hasn’t met his kids yet.” So they’re either from Affleck setting expectations low or someone else letting us know where Lindsay stands. You know what I’m saying.

Meanwhile Affleck is selling his massive 87-acre estate on a private island in Georgia. It has a four bedroom four and a half bath home as well as a “guest cottage” which is basically another house set up to entertain visitors. It’s listed for $8.9 million. I would say that maybe Affleck is cash poor, which is always possible given his gambling habits and expensive taste, but we haven’t heard that about him. He has owned a few Bentleys, he bought a new one last year, and he just bought that mansion down the block from his estranged wife for about $20 million. Looking at photos of the house brings it home that Lindsay has her own place in LA too. Affleck has a mansion with seven bedrooms and needs his space. Maybe she does too though and that’s why they work.

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These are photos you’ve already seen of Affleck and Shookus out the past couple of weeks. Credit: Backgrid

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  1. Babs says:

    Tragic body shapes all around but cute doggies! I’d like to see more of them doggies.

    • Milla says:

      Her body is ok.
      Btw there was some rumor that he’s the father of her child? I thought it was juicy…

      • magnoliarose says:

        That is one of those rumors that doesn’t seem to go away. I have no idea if it is true but it is persistent.

    • Dora says:

      An interesting thing in this story is the huge change in Ben Affleck’s appearance. In 2015 photos he was a handsome man.Now he looks like a different not healthy man.

    • Esmom says:

      Their body shapes look pretty normal to me but her personal stye is tragic. So unflattering and blah.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Not to be harsh, but I think calling someone’s body “tragic” is really, really awful. It isn’t as if she is trying to sell a workout video or posting pics of her bod on instagram. I was going to point out that she appears to be healthy, but ultimately, it shouldn’t be necessary to point that out. Attacking people’s bodies is just not kind.

      • smcollins says:

        Did we read the same comment, because Esmom wrote that her *personal style* is tragic not her body. Just wanted to clarify.

      • Babs says:

        Tiffany is answering to me I think, because I did call their body shapes tragic. To me they are like the opposite of healthy. And yeah, that was mean, guess I’ll have to live with it.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I wasn’t replying to Esmom’s comment, rather the original comment from Babs:

        “Tragic body shapes all around but cute doggies!”

      • smcollins says:

        Oops, looked like a direct reply to esmom. My bad.

    • Shannon says:

      Wow, that’s pretty harsh. I don’t care about either one of them, but their bodies look just fine. I mean, damn, what do you look like? Honestly, they look like normal people. If that’s what you consider tragic, I worry for you.

    • minx says:

      My body shape should be so tragic 😩

  2. Melania says:

    I can’t stand Ben Affleck.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      I can’t stand him either! You know if he worked at Home Depot she would still adore him lol. Are we not allowed to say he looks terrible? Hard to believe he once got all cleaned up for JLo!

  3. Mia4s says:

    “She maintains a residence in New York City and will have to be on the East Coast more once the new season of SNL begins filming in the fall.”

    Ummm not there more because she has a child based in New York? Huh? I agree this is a weirdly worded story.

    I get the not wanting to rush kids to meet the new girlfriend but…she’s not the new girlfriend. She’s been around for years now and as bitter as Garner has a right to be, the new chick isn’t going anywhere. At some point they have to start easing the kids into this. Sucks. But when you have three children with a narcissistic, cheating addict, a lot of things are going to suck.

  4. Christin says:

    The question I’d like answered is — Where is the ex-nanny Christine? She was doing those pap strolls a couple of summers ago, then vanished.

    If I were Lindsay, I’d be curious about that, too.

    • Mia4s says:

      Oh I think we can all assume Christine got a new perspective and had a change of heart.

      And by got a new perspective, I mean she got $$$$$$$$$$$.

      • smcollins says:

        Exactly @mia4s. And didn’t she get engaged to the boyfriend she supposedly broke up with during the whole affair scandal? That always seemed suspicious to me, like the affair being exposed was a bit of a setup for a big payout to make it (her) go away.

    • julianne says:

      The check from the Garner-Affleck Trust cleared and she’s off living her best life somewhere. Who cares? Not Jen, not Lindsay, not Ben. lol

    • Christin says:

      The assumption was a payoff, yet blinds (I know) keep hinting that she may still be in the picture. That scenario wouldn’t surprise me, either.

    • Wellsie says:

      She def got paid, but I wonder if there is any truth to the theory that she was actually Tom Brady’s mistress… hmm.

  5. Louise says:

    Ben smiles a lot when he is with Lindsay. He looks happy.

    • Sue says:

      Agree! Not a Ben fan, BUT I hardly recognize him sans Jen. He always looked miserable with her (not a fan of her, either, and get huge “controlling” vibes from her). He looks like he’s healthy, and hopefully losing his drinking and gambling habits behind for his sake and also the childrens’. As for Lindsay, you lose them how you got them Sorry, not sorry.

      • Louise says:

        Yes! noone is perfect. but he seems genuinely happy. Not a fan of either and I dont buy a lot of the Jen Garner stuff. She admitted her eyes were wide open and I have a feeling she clung on too long. He never smiled like his. Maybe he is just better suited to Lindsay which is nothing against either women.

      • Katinka says:

        I think Ben and Jen were pretty happy together in the beginning. I don’t think people start a family with three kids with spouses they’re never happy with!
        People, this is still the honeymoon phase. Ten, twelve years in, Lindsay is not gonna see this goofy grin so much- if they’re still together.
        It has nothing to do with either Jennifer or Lindsay, but everything with Ben himself. And maybe the dynamic of monogamic relationships. Mostly Ben, though.

      • Lady D says:

        “As for Lindsay, you lose them how you got them” Would that not also apply to Ben? It’s not like he’s a major prize.

    • minx says:

      He looks much happier with her than he ever looked with JG. So, there’s that.

  6. tw says:

    That Georgia estate is stunning. Didn’t he buy this when he was with J Lo? What an odd couple btw. Like she and A Rod TOTALLY make sense. But J Lo and Batfleck???? So weird. Remember the music video on the boat with his hand on J Lo’s butt? lololol

    • jjva says:

      OMG that video! Takes me back!

    • Apalapa says:

      Affleck had that Georgia house because one of his great-great-grandfathers was a plantation and slave owner. The house has been passed down through his family for generations.

      Henry Louis Gates found out this info via researching Ben’s heritage for find your roots for pbs and Affleck was in disbelief he had benefited so clearly from slavery.

      Affleck then asked Gates to delete that portion of the interview.

      Ben didn’t want people to know his forefathers were among the richest and most elite in the US, that they owned a massive number of slaves and that his family benefits to this day via that house.

  7. magnoliarose says:

    Maybe Lindsay wants the world to know she isn’t chasing him down or giving up her life for him. Maybe the reality of him is sinking in.

  8. JoJo says:

    I have a feeling some of the “messaging” is being dictated by the fact that Affleck/Garner still aren’t divorced, and he is probably stepping very carefully when it comes to Lindsay – particularly when it comes to the public narrative around when/where she will spend her time while in LA, etc. – since they are likely still sorting out custody issues.

  9. Ruby says:

    So, Lindsay is doing what she wants to do and doesn’t need the validation of the tabs or to be swept into the cloying envelope of Jen’s influence? Good for her.

  10. Lorelei says:

    Doesn’t she have a young child who is still living in NY? Is she just…not going to see her child this summer, basically?

    I really do not like this woman.

    • Ruby says:

      Why would you say something so mean? You basically know nothing about how often she sees her child or what her child care arrangements are?

      There were photos of her and her child in LA last week. Just because she’s not parading her kid on Instagram doesn’t mean she’s a bad mother. In fact, it probably makes a better mother that other’s who exploit their kids on social media for their career PR.

    • minx says:

      Why do you think she wouldn’t see her daughter? These people jet back and forth.

    • Shannon says:

      That’s kind of a rude assumption. My son used to spend summers with his dad and every other weekend as well. I’m guessing she has some sort of custody arrangement with her ex. The kid has TWO parents, it’s not like Lindsay is the sole parent. Why is it wrong for a mother to enjoy some time by herself when her child is well-cared for by the other parent? So sanctimommy.

  11. Jessica says:

    Good for Lindsay. I mean it.

    • Carolnr says:

      Yes she has a house in LA but who is paying fot that house? And who is paying for the apt. In NY.?
      She has not filed for divorce…i will give her that….

  12. Beezswax1215 says:

    Am I the only one who thinks they look alike? The chins and jawline are very similar.

  13. Justwastingtime says:

    They both remarkedly poor dressers. Ben Afflick looks worse than most non movie stars dads in the palisades. Really a tell that there are big problems given that an actors image is so important.