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