Jennifer Garner may have only been single for a few weeks, but the smile on her face says that she is loving it. Even though it took three years it took to make it official — complete with Ben Affleck publicly dating and falling off the wagon — the Peppermint star seems to be ready to get on with her life and leave Affleck’s womanizing ways behind her.
Just weeks before Garner staged an intervention for a clearly troubled Affleck, cameras caught Affleck and Playboy model Shauna Sexton out on a date. Three days later, they were together once again in Affleck’s Range Rover at a Santa Monica Jack in the Box drive-thru. Just two weeks after quietly splitting from SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, Affleck was looking happy with the 22-year-old Playboy playmate, and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner isn’t surprised.
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Garner is all too familiar with Affleck’s womanizing ways. After ten years together, she knows that she can’t fix him, and he needs to solve his problems on his own.
“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private,” says an insider.
It doesn’t look like Affleck enjoys being alone. Before he split from Garner, rumors swirled that he was hooking up with the couple’s nanny, Christine Ouzounian. He then moved onto a relationship with Shookus, and they were together for over a year before they called it quits.
Garner and Affleck split in 2015 after ten years of marriage, but they didn’t file for divorce until last year. The former couple has maintained an amicable relationship and continue to successfully co-parent their three children — Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.
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The reason it took so long for the divorce to become official all came down to Affleck being healthy enough to care for the kids when they were in his custody. Garner wanted to give him time to work on his health and sobriety, so she can be sure that he is a suitable guardian for the kids.
Ben Affleck supposedly cut things off with Sexton this week, although she is still saying that they are together. Jennifer Garner has not commented on Affleck’s love life but has reportedly dipped her toe into the dating scene.