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Its not known how Ben and Shauna, seen at Nobu Malibu, know each other

Ben Affleck continued his birthday celebrations on Thursday night – by enjoying a dinner date with a Playboy model.

However, the pairs evening out has fuelled speculation Ben has split from his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus.

The Batman actor, who turned 46 on Wednesday (15 August), was pictured leaving Nobu Malibu with Shauna Sexton, best known as Playboys Miss May 2018.

Malibu, CA - Actor Ben Affleck was spotted leaving separately from Playboy's Miss May 2018 Shauna Sexton after a dinner date at Nobu in Malibu. Affleck celebrated his birthday with his kids last night, and now seems to be treating himself to a night out with a gorgeous young lady. **SHOT ON 08/17/2018** Pictured: Ben Affleck BACKGRID USA 17 AUGUST 2018 BYLINE MUST READ: NGRE / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
Ben hasnt been seen with girlfriend Lindsay since July (NGRE / BACKGRID)

Ben dressed casually for the occasion wearing a pair of jeans, a green jumper which had a stain and a dark blue jacket. At one point, the Oscar-winning actor was seen holding a cigarette in his hand.

His companion, however, made more of an effort with Shauna dressed up in a nude-coloured bodycon dress and a pair of sandal heels.

Malibu, CA - Actor Ben Affleck was spotted leaving separately from Playboy's Miss May 2018 Shauna Sexton after a dinner date at Nobu in Malibu. Affleck celebrated his birthday with his kids last night, and now seems to be treating himself to a night out with a gorgeous young lady. **SHOT ON 08/17/2018** Pictured: Shauna Sexton BACKGRID USA 17 AUGUST 2018 BYLINE MUST READ: NGRE / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
Shauna glammed up for the dinner in a bodycon dress (NGRE / BACKGRID)

Shauna, 22, hails from Virginia but lives in Los Angeles and describes herself on Instagram as a Vet Tech.

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Ben spent his actual birthday with the three children he shares with ex-wife Jennifer Garner: Violet, 12, Seraphina, nine and six-year-old son Samuel.

Its come as a surprise that the Argo director has not been pictured celebrating his birthday with Lindsay, 38, whom he has been dating since 2017.

Picture: @shaunasexton_ Ben Affleck sparks rumours he's split from Lindsay Shookus as he has dinner with Playboy model
Shauna is a Playboy model and was named their Miss May 2018 (Picture: @shaunasexton_)

The couple were last seen together in July sparking rumours that they have split. Adding to the speculation, a judge reportedly warned Ben and Jennifer, 46, to finalise their divorce proceedings which began in April 2017, or it could all be called off.

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A source told People that the estranged spouses are in no rush to end their 10-year marriage, claiming: They continue to figure out ways of working together as a family and this is what works for them. They are doing whats best for their family.

Another source told the publication: Ben is doing well. He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get here. He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.

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