Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus Step Out in L.A. as Source Says They 'Enjoy Each Other's Company'
A source previously told PEOPLE that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have “struck up a friendship again"
The Triple Frontier star, 46 and the Saturday Night Live producer, 38, were spotted grabbing a sushi dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
“They are hanging out again,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They have been for over a month now. They still enjoy each other’s company.”
Affleck looked dapper in a grey coat and light blue shirt, which he topped off with a skinny tie, plus dark slacks and dress shoes — the same look he wore during a family outing with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner and their three kids hours earlier.
Shookus opted for a more casual ensemble for dinner, wearing a blue top with a cropped jacket, jeans and light-colored boots.
Earlier in the day, Affleck and Shookus were spotted grabbing coffee.
The outings come less than a month after the source told PEOPLE that Affleck and Shookus “struck up a friendship again” and were “spending time together” nearly six months after their split.
The insider added that both have been more focused on their respective careers and families vs. rekindling a full-blown romance.
“He really enjoys spending time with her but his focus will remain his kids and family,” said the Affleck pal. “I think he’s always been interested in seeing where his relationship with Lindsay could go, but these are two people who are very focused on their families and that distance between New York and L.A. is difficult sometimes.”
The long distance was allegedly a major factor in why the former couple split last August, after nearly a year of dating. Affleck and Shookus first made their relationship public when they were spotted grabbing dinner in July 2017.
“It was amicable, but unfortunately it didn’t work out, partly because of work and family obligations on different coasts,” the Affleck friend told PEOPLE at the time. “They truly cared for each other and tried to make it work. Unfortunately now is not the time.”
Affleck is L.A.-based, where he lives near ex Garner, 46, and their children Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 6. Meanwhile, Shookus lives across the country in New York City, where she works on SNL and shares custody of a 5-year-old daughter with ex-husband Kevin Miller.
The Affleck insider noted that the Justice League star has been serious about continuing with his treatment program for alcohol addiction after a 40-day stint in rehab last year.
“Ben’s primary focus is spending time with his family and maintaining his physical and mental well-being,” said the source. “He is in a good place and works really hard to stay there.”
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