Lindsay Shookus: Dating Ben Affleck! For Real!

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Ben Affleck reportedly spent July Fourth with Jennifer Garner and their children.

But the actor and the actress merely hung out as friends.

The real fireworks for Affleck, according to E! News insiders, takes place when the star spends time with someone named Lindsay Shookus...

Ben Affleck Rocks a Suit

... because the two are totally getting it on! In bed!

Shookus is a producer at Saturday Night Live and an anonymous source tells E! that she and Affleck recently met up in London while the actor was abroad for work.

The duo took in a showing of Sam Mendes' play Ferryman at the time, with the reliable celebrity news outlet even featuring a photo of Affleck with his hand on his new lady's back as proof.

"It's more than a summer fling," the insider says, immediately contradicting him or herself by adding:

"They are having fun and care for each other. It's early and they are taking it slow."

Affleck and Shookus also stepped out in Los Angeles last night, taking their romance semi-public for the first time.

Ben Affleck at CinemaCon

Shookus graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's degree and her middle name is Anne.

She previously helped produce 30 Rock and was included among those who won an Emmy Award for the 40th anniversary Saturday Night Live special.

The blonde beauty started working at SNL way back in 2006.

Following many months of up, downs, backs and forths, Jennifer Garner and Affleck filed for divorce this past April.

They had announced their separation two years beforehand, yet continued to spend time together as the parents of three kids.

There had been many rumors of reconciliation floating around the Internet during this time, but neither Garner nor Affleck ever talked this way. They never hinted that they'd get back together.

It seems pretty clear at this point that the stars simply remained on strong terms because they wanted what was best for their family. And they still do.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner leave Tavern in Brentwood

Previously, Affleck had been linked romantically to Sienna Miller and Jennifer Lopez.

But those reports were likely complete nonsense.

Heck, he didn't even move out of the home he shared with Garner until early May!

This Lindsay Shookus relationship is the real deal, however, marking Affleck's first attempt to truly move on since becoming single.

According to court documents, he and Garner filed for joint legal and physical custody of their children, meaning they'll remain a close part of each other's lives for a very long time.

That's sweet, really. And very mature.

"Jen is a superhero mom," Affleck said earlier this year.

"She is an amazing mother and I'm really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with. We try our best, we put them first and that's what we do."

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Born
Birthplace
Berkeley, California
Full Name
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt