Rumor has it that before they ended their relationship, Lindsay Shookus also encouraged Ben Affleck to go to rehab again. As fans may know already, the one who ended up convincing him, however, was the actor’s former wife, Jennifer Garner.
One insider tells ET that the SNL producer started noticing Ben’s behavior changing a few weeks ago, so she also wanted him to get help.
‘Ben had been drinking, and Lindsay was encouraging him to stop. At that point, he still did not seem to feel he had a real problem. Sadly, he spiraled very quickly, and Lindsay felt helpless. Lindsay wanted Ben to go to rehab, but had trouble getting him there. He didn’t want to be controlled and ended things with Lindsay,’ the source tells the outlet.
Finally, after their split, Affleck did check into rehab on Wednesday.
Before that, it seemed like he had already found someone new when he was spotted out and about with a Playboy model by the name of Shauna Sexton, age 22.
Apparently, the two started casually seeing each other earlier this month after his and Lindsay’s breakup.
The two had been together for more than a year.
Meanwhile, Garner was the one to drive him to a rehab facility this week, and she reportedly feels ‘relieved, he is in a safe place’ now.
Another source also told ET that ‘This has been a rough few days and [Jennifer] wants nothing more than to feel [Ben] is getting the help that he needs. She’s used to putting on a brave face and handling Ben’s addiction, but the process has been really exhausting for her. She won’t give up on Ben because he’s the father of her kids.’