Last week, we learned that Ben Affleck is dating Lindsay Shookus, a 37-year-old Saturday Night Live producer, whom he reportedly met while rehearsing an appearance on the show.

Affleck just finalized his divorce from Jennifer Garner in April, but the couple has been separated since 2015.

So surely there’s no great scandal in Ben moving on and dating someone new at this point, right?

Ha! This is the Batfleck we’re talking about, and whether it’s justified or not, there will always be countless pearl-clutching gasp-takes about everything he does.

And in this case, the situation might have involved actual clutching of pearls.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves …

As you may have heard, it’s been rumored that Ben cheated on Jennifer with Lindsay

In fact, some have gone so far as to say that Affleck and Shookus carried on an affair behind Garner’s for years, and that the couple parted ways after Jen found out about it.

Conflicting stories abound, but right now, the consensus seems to be that Garner is pissed about the relationship, which lends credence to the theory that it overlapped with her marriage.

One insider tells Radar Online that Ben and Lindsay hit it off from the first time they met, and 

“There was an immediate spark,” says a source close to the situation.

“Ben and Lindsay flirted and stayed in touch through Ben’s appearances on SNL.”

Apparently, Affleck and Shookus weren’t great at keeping things on the down-low, and Jen found out about the affair after realizing that Ben had made several extravagant jewelry purchases.

“Jen met face-to-face with Lindsay and demanded she return the jewelry,” the source revealed.

“Lindsay says she’d return it, but only if Ben asked for it back.”

Yes, the insider claims there was an actual face-to-face confrontation between Garner and Shookus.

Sounds like things came close to getting very ugly.

Fortunately, Garner didn’t feel the need to fake her own death and frame Ben for the murder.

Sorry, but it’s impossible to hear news of Ben Affleck marital troubles and not think of Gone Girl.

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