Ben Affleck's high-profile romances: A timeline

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Ben Affleck is moving on! After his separation from spouse of 10 years Jennifer Garner in 2015, Ben hasn’t been spotted with another woman – until now.

Ben’s new girlfriend is Lindsay Shookus, an Emmy-winning producer who’s worked on 30 Rock and currently produces Saturday Night Live. Sources report Shookus and the Batman v. Superman star have been spending plenty of time together since Affleck and Garner officially filed for divorce three months ago.


A source tells People Shookus has been living with the five-time SNL host in his new L.A. home, with separate source telling E!, “It’s more than a summer fling. They are having fun and care for each other.”
 
As Ben goes public with his new relationship, we take a look back at his romances of the past, how they escalated, but ultimately ended.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1997 – 2000



Things started between Paltrow and Affleck in 1997 when the pair stared together in the film Bounce. The high-profile couple lasted for a few years before Gwyneth broke it off in 2000. Reflecting on the relationship in 2003, Gwyneth insisted Ben’s “super intelligent,” but would be better off with “any sort of stripper at Scores... that serves cold beer in a bikini.”

When asked by Howard Stern in 2015 if she meant what she said, Gwyneth laughed and insisted it was true at the time, but leveled with Stern saying Affleck just wasn’t “boyfriend material.”

Jennifer Lopez, 2001 – 2003



Before Bennifer, there was Bennifer!

Shortly after his split from Paltrow, Ben started what would be a long-term relationship with singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. Ben, fresh off a stint in rehab, began seeing Lopez in 2001. Things became serious when the couple got engaged in 2002, the same year Ben appeared in her infamous Jenny From The Block music video. The couple then appeared together in the 2003 romantic comedy Gigli which bombed at the box office and is known as one of the worst films in history (it has 6 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes)! Was this a sign of things to come?

The couple was to be married in September of 2003 but called off the ceremony just four days prior. In July 2003 reports of Ben having a reckless night in a Vancouver strip club swirled, but were later denied by both Affleck and the club’s owner. Many believe this led to the demise of the couple a few months later in 2004. Other reports claimed that following Affleck’s rehab stint, his gambling and alcohol abuse never stopped, and J.Lo had reached wit’s end.
 
Currently, Affleck and Lopez remain friends and were spotted sharing a cute moment at the Oscars in 2015.

Jennifer Garner, 2002 – 2015



Enter Bennifer 2. The stars initially met in 2000 on set of the film Pearl Harbour and were quick to become friends. The pair worked together again on 2002’s Daredevil, where they really connected. Although still with J.Lo at the time, Ben told Playboy he and Garner “met on Pearl Harbor…but we fell in love on Daredevil.”

In May 2003, Garner filed for divorce from then husband Scott Folley, with Ben and J.Lo calling off their engagement in January of 2004. Garner and Affleck stepped out for the first time on October 23, 2004 at game one of the World Series, making it clear: they were together! Ben popped the question in April of 2005 and the couple was married that summer.
 
All seemed well with Affleck, Garner, and their three kids until June 2015 when the pair announced they were separating after 10 years of marriage. Rumours that Ben’s drinking, gambling, and a fling with the nanny were to blame quickly followed. Despite that, the couple has remained close, attending therapy together and caring for their three children.
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