Is Jennifer Garner taking back Ben Affleck because she believes their kids should have two parents raising them in the same household? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can confirm the exes aren't reuniting.
The estranged spouses have been struggling to finalize their divorce for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with them reconciling. According to NW, however, they haven't signed the divorce papers because they "have no intentions to stop being husband and wife." The unreliable magazine further contends that Affleck and Garner are "officially back together."
The outlet quotes a so-called "friend" of Garner's as saying, "Jen wants to give it another shot, as long as Ben is willing and able to change. She's very traditional and was raised to believe that children should have a mom and a dad." The supposed source adds, "Jen feels like she owes her babies one last attempt to get back together. And Ben would be the first to admit that his relationship with Lindsay [Shookus] has been so up and down because he still has strong feelings for Jennifer."
It's true that Affleck is no longer dating the "Saturday Night Live" producer, but their breakup has nothing to do with Garner. People reported on Tuesday that Affleck and Shookus split "because they couldn't make a long-distance relationship work." The actor is based in Los Angeles and the "SNL" producer lives in New York City. According to the reputable publication, "They truly cared for each other and tried to make it work," but having separate lives on different coasts made it too difficult.
As for the assertion that Affleck and Garner are "officially back together," it appears the actor has a new woman in his life. Affleck has been spotted spending time with Playboy model Shauna Sexton several times over the past week. The pair dined together at Nobu in Malibu last Thursday and were photographed at a Jack In The Box drive-through on Sunday. The model was also seen entering Affleck's house over the weekend. It's apparent that he hasn't reunited with his estranged wife.
As for the reason that Affleck and Garner haven't finalized their divorce, Us Weekly recently reported that the actor's sobriety is her main concern. "Jen is hesitant to sign off until she's certain that the kids will be in the best hands at all time. Finalizing the divorce has been a long process because of it," noted the publication.
Conclusion: NW claims that Affleck and Garner haven't finalized their divorce because they're back together, but reputable news outlets have reported that the actress wants to make sure he's healthy and sober before hashing out a custody agreement. Meanwhile, the actor has been out and about with Sexton for the past week. It should also be noted that the tabloid invented a bogus reason as to why Affleck's relationship with Shookus ended. Every aspect of the magazine's article is provably false.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.