Jennifer Garner has not taken back Ben Affleck, despite a deceptive and inaccurate tabloid cover story. The faulty premise is based on the estranged spouses spending Thanksgiving together, but they're not rekindling a romance. Gossip Cop can exclusively set the record straight.
Earlier this month, Affleck revealed that he and Garner would be celebrating Thanksgiving together with their three kids. In Touch has seemingly used this tidbit for inspiration to concoct a phony article about the exes reuniting. A so-called "source" tells the magazine, "She's taking him back. It's a huge step for them."
The reality is Affleck has been dating "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus for months, but the outlet's dubious insider claims he'd "dump her immediately" for his estranged wife. "Ben never wanted this divorce to happen and would absolutely get back together with Jen in a second if she would have him." As for Shookus, the alleged source says "she was devastated" when Affleck told her he'd be spending the holidays with Garner. "Lindsay broke down in tears when Ben told her, 'Jen's giving me a second chance.' She's hoping Jen is nasty to Ben and there's no hope of a reconciliation."
The tabloid's seemingly nonexistent insider further contends that if Affleck can stay sober, his marriage will be back on track. "Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a sentimental time for the couple. If he can get through the holidays without relapsing, there's a good chance that they will reconcile." But Gossip Cop checked in with insiders in Affleck and Garner's camps, who wouldn't comment on the record, but we're exclusively assured the outlet's report is simply false. The estranged spouses remain on good terms and work in tandem to co-parent their children, but they aren't getting back together.
Of course, In Touch is hardly a reliable source when it comes to the ex-couple's relationship. Gossip Cop busted the tabloid earlier this year for wrongly reporting that Affleck and Garner were having a fourth child together. Shortly after that fabrication, we called out the magazine for falsely claiming Affleck was having a baby with Shookus. This latest article in the ongoing saga surrounding the famous exes is equally untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.