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Affleck's Ex 'Had to Let Him Hit Bottom': Source

'Saturday Night Live' producer Lindsay Shookus tried to keep him sober, source says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2018 11:50 AM CDT
Ben Affleck, a cast member in "Justice League," poses at the premiere of the film at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Seems addiction is having a huge impact on Ben Affleck's life. Not only is he back in rehab, a source tells People that Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus broke up with him over his struggles: "Lindsay had been supporting Ben’s sobriety and going to meetings with him. She had him in meditation and they were doing it together," the source says. "His recovery was something that was very important to both of them." But 38-year-old Shookus apparently felt helpless as Affleck, 46, fell into a spiral of addiction. "She was trying to stay as close to him as possible so that he would stay on the right path, but ultimately it just wasn’t possible," the source adds. "She knew she had to let him hit bottom."

Meanwhile, Affleck's divorce with Jennifer Garner has been settled and will be filed in court when Ben finishes rehab, TMZ reports. Sources say the settlement took time because the couple has no prenup and their fortune needed careful dividing. Apparently Affleck and Garner will share custody of their three children but are leaving custodial details on the loose side. The "wild card in all this" is "Ben's drinking," says TMZ, because Ben has "fallen off the wagon for the last 18 months" and that could "put the children at risk." Meanwhile Affleck flame Shauna Sexton—a 22-year-old Playboy model who tells People her drink of choice is "whiskey all day"—strolled along the Malibu beach Wednesday in a green bikini as Affleck entered rehab. (Read more rehab stories.)

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