Last month there was a clear sign of problems in Ben Affleck's relationship with Lindsay Shookus: a report that Jennifer did not want her estranged husband to introduce their three children to the woman who may have helped break their marriage.
On Monday, E! News confirmed that Affleck and Shookus had gone. A source accused the separation of the "distance" between him who was in Los Angeles and her New York based, where she "Saturday Night Live."
"They are still very friendly and have remained friends," said the source, adding that "Family comes first for both."
Whether the problem was "distance" or Garner's concern about Shookus, it is clear that Affleck had trouble incorporating Shookus into what has been described as one of the most important aspects of his life: a practical father for his children , from 6 to 12 years.
Rumors that Affleck, 46 and Shookus, 38, had split up, began last week when he was seen on a dinner date with 22-year-old Playboy Playmate Shauna Sexton. This dinner date at Nobu Malibu came within a few days after the reports that Garner wanted to take her time in finalizing their divorce because she fears that the actor "Batman" is too early in his recovery after a long struggle against alcohol addiction.
On Sunday, Affleck was back with Sexton, but in a much more casual setting, traveling together in his Range Rover to a Jack in the Box parking lot in Santa Monica, the Daily Mail reported.
But as recently as the end of July, Affleck and Shookus seemed very much together and "happily in love", according to People. That's because Shookus, 38, visited Affleck, 45, in Puerto Rico, where he filmed a movie, and people said they stayed in his new $ 19 million Pacific Palisades villa for the summer.
But at the same time people reported that Affleck had to introduce Shookus to his children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9 and Samuel, 6 – although he and Shookus had been public about their romance for more than a year.
In the meantime, Shookus had gone on to introduce him to her daughter Madeleine, 5, from her marriage to Kevin Miller, a colleague "SNL" producer. Affleck and Shookus were photographed as they took their dogs for a walk with Madeline and her parents in June.
Then at the end of July Us Weekly reported the reason why Affleck Shookus had proposed to his three children so far: it was because of Garner.
"Jen does not want the kids around Lindsay or have her in their lives," a source told Us Weekly. "She has many reasons."
These reasons may include that Affleck Garner has cheated with Shookus, starting in 2013 or 2014.
In another report, people said that Garner heard the case in 2015 and personally met Shookus; Garner also approached Shookus & ex-husband Miller, who made it to Shookus in 2014. One source told People that Garner Miller showed text messages between Affleck and Shookus, adding, "she had the proof" of an affair. That same year, Garner and Affleck first announced their divorce.
The couple postponed the divorce in 2016 and has continued to wait with the finalization of the divorce.
Even though she is the future ex-wife, Garner continues to play an extraordinary role in Affleck's life, and perhaps that has become a problem for Shookus.
Numerous reports have shown Affleck's strong commitment to co-parenting his children with Garner, and paparazzi photos often show them together with their children to school or to sporting events.
But Garner has also provided an important pillar in the recovery of Affleck, reports say.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Garner recently ended her divorce because of concerns about the state of Affleck's recovery. Us Weekly said that she wants to make sure that he is clean and sober enough to be a good father to their three children.
"Jen wanted to give Ben the time and opportunity to work on his health and sobriety," a source told the publication. "She does not rush."
"She wants what's best for the children," added the source.
Garner also stood with him while he tried to publicly deliver himself after he was accused of # MeToo accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior and of the fact that he was too kind to the disgrace of film magnate Harvey Weinstein.
Sources continue to claim that Affleck is doing well with his recovery and regularly attends AA meetings.
But now it can be seen that Affleck does not do well with Shookus. In addition to his dinner date with the Playboy model, there are other indicators that things have cooled down between him and Shookus.
Affleck spent his 46th birthday with his three children last week, but Shookus was nowhere to be seen. TMZ said that he and Shookus were not photographed together in more than a month. In addition, a moving van was seen earlier this month in the house of Affleck, although it was unclear whether it involved bringing in or leaving the house.
Finally, several retail outlets reported Sunday that Shookus had removed her once very active Intagram page, although there is no way to tell whether the decision had anything to do with Affleck.