In a shocking turn of events, RadarOnline.com has learned Garner is stonewalling Affleck’s demand to finally put an end to their two-year divorce battle — because she doesn’t want her ex to marry his mistress, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus, even if she’s expecting!
“Ben is trying to speed things along in their divorce but Jen is stalling,” an insider told Radar. “Every attempt he’s made is met with resistance. He’s getting frustrated — and angry. It’s important to him to close this chapter in his life once and for all. Lindsay is living in L.A. with him and she intends to stay.”
“Ben and Jen had a conversation a while ago, agreeing that they would never get back together but would remain good friends,” continued the insider. “Now Jen’s taken a different turn, and their friends are saying it’s because Lindsay’s encroaching upon her territory to become Mrs. Affleck.”
Ever since they split in June 2015, Garner, 46, and Affleck, 45, have kept up the appearance of friendly exes as they co-parent their three children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.
“Jen likes the status quo,” noted the insider. “Now she’s hearing what people are saying — that Lindsay’s pregnant — and she’s terrified she’ll lose Ben and that he’ll marry Lindsay. There’s no denying Jen’s still fond of Ben.”
Shookus and Affleck have been inseparable this summer, enjoying simple pleasures like taking the dogs for walks near his new Pacific Palisades home.
On Saturday, June 30, while out to dinner at Capo in L.A., Affleck kept his arm gently around 38-year-old Shookus as he escorted her to the restaurant’s entrance.
“Ben’s taking care to protect Lindsay as his divorce drags on,” said the insider. “He’s ready to be over and done with that marriage — but Jen won’t let him!”
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