Earlier this week, the world learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up after just over a year of dating.
Given the fact that the couple went to great pains to keep their relationship as private as possible, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there was no official statement confirming the split.
What is surprising, however, is the fact that Ben moved on within days of the breakup.
Yes, these days, Affleck is dating Playboy model Shauna Sexton.
Aside from drunkenly posting all-caps rage comments on an article suggesting that it’s time for Tom Brady to retire, dumping a successful career woman who’s at least close to his age in favor of a 22-year-old centerfold is the most Ben Affleck thing Ben Affleck has ever done.
Those who know him best probably aren’t shocked by the decision — but that doesn’t mean they like it.
According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner has been quite vocal about her distaste for Ben’s new relationship.
A source close to the situation tells the tabloid that it’s not a matter of jealousy — rather it’s the fact that Jen desperately wants her three children to have a relationship with their father, but she feels she can’t trust Affleck when he’s spending his time with hard-partying college-aged women.
“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve,” says the insider.
“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.”
The source goes on to claim that while Ben’s reckless rebound behavior was not unexpected, Jen had hoped for a shred of maturity from her ex.
“Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model,” the insider adds.
“But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”
And this isn’t a case of Jen being skeptical of Shauna simply because of her age or profession.
You see, Affleck is still newly sober, and Shauna is, well … not.
Her Playboy bio she reveals that she loves whiskey, and Ben was recently spotted carrying a case of the hard stuff into his home.
Sources close to the actor swear the booze was for Shauna, but members of his inner circle are still concerned.
Even if Ben is still off the sauce, taking up with a hard-drinking girlfriend half his age doesn’t exactly improve his chances of staying sober.
Here’s hoping Ben will slow things down a bit before he spirals out of control once again.