A week ago, Gossip Cop examined false stories about Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus getting married. Now weâ€™re taking a look at another narrative. See five wrong rumors about the couple having a baby below.
Affleck and Shookus went public with their relationship in July of 2017. The first story about the pair having a baby together came that same month. Only a week after their romance was revealed, In Touch wanted readers to believe they were already talking about having a child. With Affleck trying to co-parent with Jennifer Garner, a so-called â€śsourceâ€ť predicted, â€śSeeing him around with his pregnant girlfriend with their children is going to cause a lot of drama.â€ť It was further alleged that the actorâ€™s friends thought he was â€ścompletely out of touch with realityâ€ť for wanting to â€śstart a familyâ€ť with Shookus. It was an interesting choice of words since, as Gossip Cop reported, it was really In Touch that was out of touch with reality. This was, after all, the same magazine that earlier that year insisted Garner and Affleck were going to have another baby together.
Last September, RadarOnline speculated Shookus was pregnant. The site claimed she â€śsparked pregnancy rumors when she stepped out in a long black sundress flashing what looked like a growing baby bump.â€ť The â€śSNLâ€ť producer was also described as â€ślooking curvier than usual and sporting a fairly round belly.â€ť But the blog was making judgments solely based on paparazzi pictures, and had no confirmation at all that Shookus was actually pregnant. Thatâ€™s why, instead of reporting for sure whether she was or wasnâ€™t, the website resorted to asking readers whether they thought â€śthe blonde is already pregnantâ€ť just a few months after she and Affleck stepped out together. Of course, it didnâ€™t matter what readers thought might be the case. All that mattered were the facts, which were this: The outlet bought pictures of Shookus wearing a flowing dress and used them to fuel an untrue rumor. Gossip Cop was proven right when Shookus never gave birth nine months after this â€śbaby bumpâ€ť story.
In Touch brought the storyline back this past March, contending Shookus was eager to have a baby with Affleck. Noting she was already in her late 30s with a young daughter, the publication maintained she wanted to have more kids before it became too late for her. But she was supposedly motivated by more than just her biological clock. â€śShe doesnâ€™t want to lose Ben. Heâ€™s tied to Jen for the rest of his life because of the children, and Lindsay canâ€™t help but crave the same security for herself,â€ť an unnamed â€śsourceâ€ť claimed. But, contradicting the aforementioned tale about Affleck wanting a family with Shookus, in this one it was alleged he wasnâ€™t on board with her purported plans. Still, she was said to be â€śon a missionâ€ť to get pregnant, with the untraceable snitch predicting, â€śI wouldnâ€™t be surprised if she and Ben make a big announcement before summer.â€ť Well, weâ€™re now a good ways into the summer, and thereâ€™s been no announcement. The article was clearly false, just as Gossip Cop said months ago.
But in early July, the tabloid offered yet another story on this topic. And it was again inconsistent with the magazineâ€™s previous reporting. In this one, an unnamed â€śinsiderâ€ť declared, â€śLindsay really wants a baby with Ben, and heâ€™s all for it.â€ť The caveat here was that they supposedly wanted to â€śbe married before Lindsay gets pregnant,â€ť with a wedding eyed for â€ślate spring or early summer of 2019.â€ť To be clear, that means In Touch first said they were talking about a family in 2017, then said they could have a baby announcement in 2018, and now say they wonâ€™t have a child before sometime in 2019. The specifics keep changing because itâ€™s all off-base. In fact, Gossip Cop pointed out that only weeks before this latest report, â€śEntertainment Tonightâ€ť confirmed marriage wasnâ€™t on the horizon for Shookus and Affleck, let alone a baby.
The most recent addition to this narrative came late last month, when Star announced Shookus and Garner were â€śboth pregnantâ€ť with Affleckâ€™s babies. Like sister site RadarOnline last year, this article also relied on paparazzi shots in which Shookus supposedly appeared to have a baby bump. But the tabloid couldnâ€™t offer any confirmation, instead merely saying she was â€śrumored to be pregnant,â€ť with a questionable â€śsourceâ€ť adding that there was â€śtalk of a baby on the way.â€ť But less than a month before this, Shookus sported a flat stomach on a hike with Affleck, and was also seen drinking wine on a double date with the actor and her parents. And just as there was evidence showing that she wasnâ€™t expecting, there was also proof Garner wasnâ€™t, either. A rep for Affleck even told Gossip Cop that the double pregnancy claim was â€śso crazyâ€ť that it was â€śamusing almost.â€ť
While three of the examples above are from In Touch, several other tabloids, such as the National Enquirer and OK!, and gossip blogs, like X17, have also spread phony pregnancy stories involving Affleck and Shookus. This topic is prevalent for the same reason there have been multiple wrong rumors Affleck and Shookus having a wedding: They sell. And as long as readers keep falling for them, the gossip media will keep peddling them. Thatâ€™s why Gossip Cop will keep separating fact from fiction as necessary.
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