When it was reported earlier this week that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus had broken up after about a year of dating, and that he had moved on to a 22-year-old Playboy model, it seemed like yet another box was checked on Ben’s Mid-Life To-Do List. I’m sure anyone was surprised, and Jennifer Garner was right there with the rest of us.
46-year-old Ben is currently seeing Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model, that he’s whisked away on romantic dates to Nobu and Jack in the Box. This all happened before it was even announced that Ben and Lindsay were broken up. Jen could probably see this coming a mile away, because a source tells UsWeekly that the ultra-short turn-around time between Lindsay and Shauna is something Jen’s used to by now.
Ben was rumored to be seeing Lindsay while he and Jen were still together. Then Ben started seeing Shauna, a move that kind of makes one feel like he might have still technically been with Lindsay at the time. Jen knows that Ben is a bit of a player. And much like his booze issues, it sounds like she wishes he’d keep it under control. A source says:
“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve. She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.
Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model. But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”
Despite Jen allegedly cringing when she sees Ben out with a Playboy model half his age, he doesn’t care. A source tells People that Ben is “happy to date who he wants” and doesn’t like to feel tied down to a “serious” relationship. That last part seems like the most important part to Ben, according to that source.
“Ben likes a woman with brains and beauty but he also likes to be free to do what he wants.”
And if Ben wants to casually bang a girl who was born the year The Craft came out, then that’s what he’s going to do. I know Jen wishes her ex would keep his life private, but she also needs to realize that this is practically Ben’s version of hardcore self-restraint. When Ben was dating Jennifer Lopez, he made two box office turkeys with her, and appeared in a music video rubbing suntan oil on her ass. In the Ben Affleck scheme of things, getting spotted eating fries from Jack in the Box with a Playboy model is pretty much nothing.