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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus reportedly split up due to his ‘addiction struggles’

by Saman Zahid

Lindsay Shookus, 38, had been supporting her now former boyfriend, Ben Affleck, 46, through his addiction for a long time, but she finally gave up.

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The Saturday Night Live producer reportedly broke up with him so he ‘could hit rock bottom’ – and he has. Affleck checked into rehab this week. He was dropped off at a Malibu treatment center by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. This marks the third time he is seeking treatment for his alcohol addiction.

Lindsay Shookus split up with Ben Affleck so he “could hit rock bottom” (Image source: Instagram)

The news of the breakup between Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus broke out last week, when sources close to the couple suggested it was because they couldn’t manage a long-distance relationship. However, the latest report on the split suggests that it had another reason to it.

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Shookus could no longer handle Affleck’s ‘addict behavior’.

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A source close to the couple told PEOPLE, “Lindsay had been supporting Ben’s sobriety and going to meetings with him. She had him in meditation and they were doing it together.” 

“His recovery was something that was very important to both of them,” the source added.

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Ben Affleck is still legally married to Jennifer Garner. (Source: Getty Images)

Shookus did try to be there for Affleck through this period in his life, but since the actor was unwilling to help himself, his girlfriend did not have the agency to help him, either.

38-year-old Lindsay decided it was better to leave Ben to his own devices, so he could pave a way out on his own terms.

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The two split up because of Ben’s addiction struggles (Image source: Instagram)

“It was very hard for her to break up with Ben, but she knew he wasn’t getting better and that it was time for her to step aside,” said the source.

“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. She knew she had to let him hit bottom.”

Lindsay Shookus

Ben Affleck’s girlfriend Lindsay Shookus deleted her Instagram. (Image source: Instagram/Ben Affleck)

Affleck has been struggling with addiction since 2001, when his dear friend, Charlie Sheen, drove him to a rehab. The Justice League star lives in L.A near the home of his ex, Jennifer Garner, and their children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 6.

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