Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they were breaking up in 2015, though they didn’t get around to filing for divorce until April 2017.
But soon after, Affleck more or less went public with his romance with Lindsay Shookus, a “Saturday Night Live” producer whom he may have started seeing when he was still married to Garner.
‘Saturday Night Live’ producers Erin Doyle, Lindsay Shookus, Lorne Michaels, Steve Higgins, and Erik Kenward at the Emmy Awards in September. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
But three years after that initial 2015 announcement, Affleck and Garner, both 45, have yet to finalize their divorce, raising the question: What’s taking so long?
A new report by Us Weekly cites sources who say that the “Batman v. Superman” actor is dragging his feet because he would like to get back together with Garner, with whom he has three children.
If this description of Affleck has any connection to the truth, he could be the Oscar-winning, movie star version of “Bachelor” star Arie Luyendyk who angered Bachelor Nation and the rest of America by vacillating between two women in the show’s final episodes.
For her part, Garner really tried to make things work with Affleck — despite his reported struggles with alcohol addiction, gambling and monogamy, according to Us Weekly.
This fall, Affleck also had a dark cloud hanging over him following news about multiple sexual misconduct allegations against his regular producing collaborator Harvey Weinstein. In the wake of the Weinstein allegations and the launch of the #MeToo movement, Affleck was accused of groping two women and of being complicit in a Hollywood culture that allows sexually predatory men to stay in power.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2011. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
After Garner and Affleck first announced their split in 2015, the “Alias” actress “put her heart and soul into fixing the relationship and wanted so desperately to turn things around for the children’s sake as well as theirs,” a source told Us Weekly.
“She forgave him for so much, and still he couldn’t change,” the source said.
In the year since they filed for divorce, Affleck begged Garner to come back several times, even after he had officially moved on with Shookus. “He had at one point been telling friends he wanted his ex back,” a source told the magazine.
Affleck apparently was saying such things even after …
Source:: Usa latest news – Culture