A tabloid claims the real reason Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus split for a second time after briefly reuniting was over the actor's so-called "wandering eye." The story is completely fabricated. Gossip Cop can debunk it.
The actor and the "Saturday Night Live" producer recently reconnected after going their separate ways in August 2018, but they once again called off their romance earlier this month. According to Star, Affleck lusting over other women is what "destroyed their second shot at a love affair."
A supposed source tells the outlet that the New York-based producer recently flew to Los Angeles after hearing that Affleck was planning "a tryst" with "a young adult actress." As the story goes, Shookus confronted him before the date occurred. "It wasn't a fight - that's not their style," says an alleged insider. "But Lindsay told hm in no uncertain terms that it's too hard being 3,000 miles away and hearing about random hookups. She's through putting up with it."
The magazine hides behind an unnamed and possibly fictitious "source" to sell its phony story, but Gossip Cop reached out to Affleck's spokesperson, who tells us on the record that it's nonsense. The actor's rep, who's qualified to speak on his behalf, assures us he and Shookus didn't split over another woman. In reality, distance was a major factor in their breakup.
People magazine, a much more reliable source for celebrity news than Star, recently confirmed that Affleck and Shookus split again because "living in different cities" proved too difficult. The reputable publication noted that the "SNL" producer "has a kid and an ex-husband and a job in New York," while Affleck "has his family and a job in L.A."
"Entertainment Tonight," another reliable outlet, similarly reported that Affleck and Shookus split for a second time as "the result of too much time apart due to their hectic schedules." Star is the only publication in the world suggesting that something salacious led to the breakup. That's simply not the case.
Unfortunately, we're not surprised the tabloid has zero insight into the situation. Last month, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for making up a story about Affleck asking Jennifer Garner to marry him again. It was around this same time that the actor reignited his romance with Shookus.
Last year, Gossip Cop called out the magazine for publishing a ridiculous story about Garner and Shookus both being pregnant with Affleck's babies. That absurd report had more in common with a TV soap opera than anything resembling journalism. This latest article is more fiction from the unreliable outlet.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.