Pals of Ben Affleck have worried about his fragile sobriety now that he’s back in a relationship with “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, we hear. But sources told Page Six that this time around, “Lindsay doesn’t drink around Ben,” and, “She isn’t keeping alcohol in her home.”
Page Six reported this week that the former “Batman” star is back on with on-and-off love Shookus, after they were together at the New York premiere of his new Netflix film, “Triple Frontier.”
While Shookus had been photographed in the past with alcoholic beverages around Affleck, a source said that this time around, “she is like his sober coach.” At his new film’s premiere, “she made sure to not have any alcohol near him,” said a spy. “And she was making sure other people weren’t drinking around him.”
As for those ubiquitous paparazzi shots of the couple walking with giant coffees, our source explained, “They drink coffee a lot — she encourages that instead of alcohol.”
We’re also told Affleck has never attended any “SNL” after-parties, which are known to be freewheeling affairs with cast, hosts and stars.
“SNL” comic Aidy Bryant told former co-star Seth Meyers on his show that the show’s annual writers’ party is “just a full-on boozer” and once “almost destroyed me as a human woman.”
Affleck — who’s gone to rehab three times — candidly addressed his recovery on the “Today” show on Monday.
“It doesn’t really bother me to talk about alcoholism,” Affleck revealed. “Being an alcoholic is part of my life — it’s something I deal with. It doesn’t have to subsume my whole identity, and be everything, but it is something that you have to work at.”
In 2017, Page Six reported on Affleck’s use of a “sober companion,” a private nurse who offered 24-hour in-home medical and detox care.
Reps for the couple did not comment.