Ben Affleck never asked Jennifer Garner to get back together a year ago, despite a poorly-timed report. Exactly 12 months ago, Gossip Cop explained how and why the story was wrong. Now time has made its inaccuracy even clearer.
On July 7, 2017, we rightly busted Life & Style for claiming Affleck was âpushing for an official reconciliationâ after he and Garner took a family vacation to the Bahamas, despite their marital estrangement. Since the trip went well and they were supposedly âso happy back together,â it was alleged Affleck wanted to formally reunite. âBen asked Jen to call off the divorce,â a so-called âinsiderâ was quoted as saying.
The tabloidâs alleged tipster went on to contend the actor was hoping âJen will realize what a great time they had on vacation and want to move forward together.â And with their divorce not yet settled, âBen isnât going down without a fight,â maintained this questionable source. But as Gossip Cop pointed out then, the âinsiderâ couldnât have really been in-the-know because its purported inside information on the former couple was all wrong.
As opposed to working on winning Garner back, Affleck had actually moved on. The very same week the magazine peddled this narrative, it was revealed Affleck was dating Lindsay Shookus. At the time, it was reported by E! Online that while the relationship was in the âearly stages,â it was also âmore than a summer fling.â The passage of time has shown just how right that was, and how wrong the tabloid was about a reunion with Garner.
365 days have gone by, and Affleck and the âSNLâ producer are still together, while his divorce from Garner is still proceeding. In fact, People reported just a few days ago that Affleck and Shookus will be spending the summer together in Los Angeles while âSaturday Night Liveâ is on hiatus. âEntertainment Tonightâ also recently did a story exploring how Affleck and Shookus may not be at the marriage stage yet, but their relationship is âstill going strong.â
Meanwhile, Life & Style has continued to spread misinformation. Last November, the magazine pretended it never peddled a tale about Affleck wanting to reunite with Garner and offered a new article alleging he and Shookus were âsecretly engaged.â Gossip Cop corrected that at the time, and in the aforementioned âETâ story from two weeks ago, it was specifically stressed, âBen isnât ready to propose and has no plans to get engaged anytime soon.â
So, this much is apparent: Life & Style was wrong last year claiming Affleck was asking Garner to get back together when he was actually moving on with Shookus. And the outlet was also wrong last fall when it alleged he and Shookus were âsecretly engaged.â Gossip Cop will continue to hold the publication accountable when it comes to reporting on Affleck and all stars.
Harrison, Lily. âBen Affleck Dating Saturday Night Live Producer Lindsay Shookus 3 Months After Jennifer Garner Divorce.â E! Online, 6 July 2017.
Falcone, Dana Rose, and Kara Warner. âBen Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Spending the Summer in L.A. ‘Doing Normal Couple Things’.â People, 2 July 2018.
Calvario, Liz. âBen Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Still Going Strong — Is Marriage Next? (Exclusive).â Entertainment Tonight, 21 June 2018.
Shuster, Andrew. âBen Affleck, Lindsay Shookus NOT âSecretly Engaged,” Despite Report.â Gossip Cop, 15 Nov. 2017.
Weiss, Shari. âBen Affleck NOT Asking Jennifer Garner To âGet Back Together,” Despite Report.â Gossip Cop, 7 July 2018.