It’s been a long and rocky road to reconciliation for Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus.
As you may recall, Affleck and Shookus broke up when the Oscar winner spiraled out of control in September of 2018.
(Fun fact: Ben has now starred in more meltdowns than Batman movies!)
In recent weeks, we’ve been hearing persistent rumors that Ben and Lindsay are back together.
The couple has yet to confirm those rumors, but they’ve been spending an awful lot of time together over the past month or so.
There have even been reports that Lindsay is Ben’s “sobriety coach,” working hard to ensure that the freshly rehabbed star stays off sauce, and that he’s not tempted by being in the presence of others who are drinking heavily.
That’s a lot to take in, and it’s the sort of thing that suggests these two are doing something more than casually dating.
“Ben has been telling those close to him that his biggest mistake was letting Lindsay go,” a source close to the situation tells In Touch Weekly.
“Now that he’s sober and she’s giving him a second chance, he refuses to let her slip away again, and he’s asked her to move in.”
The insider confirms that Lindsay “was in the process of moving in with Ben when they broke up in September,” but nixed those plans when Affleck relapsed.
Since Ben and Lindsay live on opposite coasts (she’s a New York-based SNL producer), she understandably wants to make sure that he’s capable of remaining sober this time.
Ben reached the six-month milestone recently, and the informant says Lindsay has begun making tentative plans toward cohabitation.
“Lindsay loves working for SNL, which films in NYC, and she has a young daughter who’s based there too,” a source tells In Touch.
The insider adds that Shookus is “willing to split her time between the two coasts and is moving some of her belongings into Ben’s place.”
We don’t blame her for being cautious.
Not only does Lindsay have a child who lives in Manhattan, she’s spent enough time in the company of a red-faced raging blowhard after working so closely with Alec Baldwin these past two years.
In all likelihood, she wants to wait long enough to make sure not only that Ben is committed to the hard work of recovery, but also that he’s left his infamous temper in the past.
“After everything that’s happened, Lindsay’s guard is up,” says the source.
“She loves Ben and also wants to make it work, but she isn’t ready to give up her whole life just yet!”
The source says Lindsay was perfectly clear about her reasons for kicking Ben to the curb the first time:
“He needed to get his life in order, by that I mean get sober.”
Here’s hoping the third time stint in rehab will prove to be the charm for Ben.