A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that Shookus, 38, chose to get back together with Affleck, 46, “because she was impressed that he’d gone back to rehab and was sober.”
A second insider adds that the pair have “picked up right where they left off” since they rekindled their romance and are “very comfortable together [and] happy.”
The first source also tells Us that Affleck’s reestablished involvement with the Saturday Night Live producer is a “very positive influence in his life.” The insider notes, “He’s in a good place and works hard on himself every day. He’s much stronger at this stage.”
The Justice League actor and Shookus split in August 2018 after more than a year of dating. Affleck started romancing Shauna Sexton shortly after the breakup and checked himself into rehab for substance abuse days after he and the Playboy model, 23, were first spotted together. He completed the 40-day program in October, but he and Sexton ended their fling around the same time.
In early February, Us exclusively revealed that Shookus “reached out” to the Argo star and they were chatting regularly. “They’ve been talking and have seen each other again,” a source explained. “Ben is in a much better place health-wise, and is a lot happier.”
A few weeks later, another insider told Us that the duo “are totally back on.”
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