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Ben Affleck's Dating History

By Carol Cassada

For over 20 years, Ben Affleck has been a huge name in Hollywood. Ever since he and his good friend Matt Damon wrote the award-winning film Good Will Hunting, Affleck's career has skyrocketed.

While Affleck has gone on to continue to find success both in front and behind the camera, he tends to make news for a different reason.

Like other celebrities, Affleck's personal life has been the focus of the media since he got his big break in Hollywood. Throughout the years, he's had some pretty high-profile relationships, so let's take a look back at his romantic life.

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Gwyneth Paltrow


Early in his career, Affleck was in a relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow. The two met at a dinner party in the fall of 1997 and began dating shortly afterward.

During the course of their relationship, they co-starred in two movies together. The first movie was the 1998 film Shakespeare In Love, for which Paltrow won an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Affleck and Paltrow's next movie was the 2000 film Bounce, which was a box office bomb.

After nearly three years together, Affleck and Paltrow broke up in October 2000.

Jennifer Lopez

One of Affleck's most famous exes is actress/singer Jennifer Lopez.

From the moment the couple went public with their relationship, the media hounded them, even giving them the nickname Bennifer.

The two met on the set of the film Gigli. At the time, Jennifer was married to dancer Cris Judd, but she divorced her husband to be with Affleck.

The couple weren't shy about showing their affection for each other, and Affleck even starred with Lopez in her music video Jenny From the Block.

The couple became engaged in November 2002, but the media attention proved to be overwhelming and the couple split up in January 2004.

Jennifer Garner


Ben's next relationship with be with another actress named Jennifer.

In 2004, a few months after his breakup with Jennifer Lopez, Affleck began dating Jennifer Garner, whom he met on the set of the film Daredevil. A year later, the couple eloped in a private ceremony.

The couple would go on to have three children; daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel.

Affleck and Garner seemed like the perfect couple. When Affleck won an Academy Award for the film Argo in 2012, he praised his wife in his acceptance speech.

In April 2017, the couple stunned fans when they announced they were divorcing. Rumors were that Affleck's struggles with alcohol played a part in the demise of their marriage.

Despite their divorce, the couple is trying to keep things amicable for their children.

Lindsay Shookus

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Shortly after announcing his divorce from Jennifer Garner, Affleck began dating Lindsay Shookus.

Shookus, who is a producer for the NBC late-night show Saturday Night Live, seemed like a good match for Affleck. Photos emerged of the couple strolling the streets of New York and grabbing a coffee.

Like Affleck's other relationships, this one had its share of problems. The couple split up briefly in 2018 before getting back together. But they split up for a second and possibly final time in spring 2019.

We'll have to wait and see if Affleck reunites with Shookus again or moves on.

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