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Ben Affleck and his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus do not have a baby on the way, despite a false tabloid report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk the story. We've learned it's completely untrue.

Last month, the movie star and the "Saturday Night Live" producer were photographed checking out items at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Santa Monica. The couple's items were being placed into bags that read "Buy Buy Baby" on them. Buy Buy Baby is a baby merchandise store that was acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2007, and it's included in around 135 of the retail giant's locations.

Based on the words on the bag alone, NW is wrongly speculating that the recently reunited couple was shopping for their unborn child. The magazine doesn't have any additional evidence to back up its story, but predicts the two are "starting a family together."

However, paparazzi video of Affleck and Shookus show that they were buying pillows, linens and other bedding items. Additionally, only one side of their checkout bag says "Buy Buy Baby." The other side of the bag features the standard Bed Bath & Beyond logo. This is presumably the one bag used by the Santa Monica location, which is among the retail chain's 100-plus stores that include a Buy Buy Baby inside.

Although there's footage disproving the tabloid's story, Gossip Cop still reached out to Affleck's spokesperson, who tells us on the record he's not expecting a child with Shookus. The couple was shopping for new bed accessories, not for baby merchandise. The outlet's purely speculative story is false.

Unfortunately, we're not surprised by the tabloid's bogus article. Gossip Cop busted NW last April for wrongly reporting that Affleck and Jennifer Garner were giving their marriage a "second shot." That never panned out, but just a few months later, the magazine made up a story about Garner taking back Affleck for the sake of their kids. The ex-spouses finalized their divorce shortly after we corrected the claim.

To recap: NW mistakenly believed that Affleck and Shookus were shopping at a Buy Buy Baby when they were really buying bedding at a Bed Bath & Beyond, and the proof was caught on camera. It's worth noting, even if the couple had been shopping for baby merchandise, that wouldn't exactly be proof that the "SNL" producer is pregnant. Plenty of people buy baby items for their friends and family members. The tabloid's article is illogical, filled with inaccuracies and simply untrue.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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