Lindsay Shookus’ break-up of Ben Affleck was reportedly ‘very difficult’: ‘They had to let him trough’



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Ben Affleck and “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus split earlier this month after the 38-year-old decided that she could no longer cope with the actor’s ongoing addiction battle, according to People.

“Lindsay had the support of Ben’s sobriety and going to meetings with him. They had him in meditation, and they did it together,” a source close to the former couple told the outlet. “His recovery is something that is very important for them.”

And although Shookus was Affleck’s side for a little more than a year, according to the source, it was becoming increasingly more complicated for her to keep up with her then-boyfriend as he allegedly went to a more aggressive downward spiral during the last few months of their relationship.

Shookus and Affleck were together for a little over a year to call in stops this summer.

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Unfortunately, the Emmy Award-winning producer decided that it was best for her to take a step back from their relationship, so that the “Argo” actor can focus more on himself and getting better.

“It was very difficult for her to break up with Ben, but she knew that he was not better and that it was time for her to step aside,” the source told the People. “They tried to stay so close to him that he would remain on the right path, but in the end it just was not possible. She knew that she had to let him trough.”

The insider continues, “the only thing she wanted was for him to be happy and healthy. It was a difficult choice, but the right one.”

Affleck and Shookus snapped on a date night in Los Angeles.


On Wednesday Ben Affleck checked into rehab for the third time after his estranged wife, actress Jennifer Garner, who is an intervention, according to several reports.

TMZ was the first to report the star checked into a treatment facility after Garner went to his Pacific Palisades home to sit with him. Garner reportedly the house has to be shocked, before returning shortly after with an unknown woman. After that, all three got in a car and went on our way to a processor.

In the days prior to his encounter with Garner, The Blast obtained photos of Affleck receipt of a delivery of alcohol in his house. People have reported that Affleck is in ongoing treatment and has participated in meetings for alcohol and drug abuse. The magazine also noted that he knew that he had to be treated and reportedly not resist Garner’s pleas for him in rehab.

An insider told Page Six that Affleck was “having a difficult time” since the termination of his long-standing relationship with the “Saturday Night Live” producer.

Affleck is now reportedly in a live-in treatment facility where he will stay for a longer period of time.

Prior to traveling to rehab, Affleck was snapped on two occasions, with rumored new girl, Playboy model, in-House Clerk. The two were recently spotted in Malibu’s celeb hot-spot Nobu, and were also photographed on a much more low-key outing at a Jack in the Box drive-thru, grab burgers and fries in Affleck’s Range Rover.

Playboy model in Home Koster enjoyed a day at the beach while her rumored beau Affleck made his way to rehab.


While the 46-year-old actor was snapped driving to rehab on Wednesday, Koster was spotted on the beaches of Malibu rocking an olive green bikini and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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