Gos­sip Matt & Ben: no more bro­mance, Pia, Julie Good­win, MAFS Telv, Gwyneth, Demi’s toy­boy, Alex Na­tion, MAFS Dav­ina

MATT & BEN

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Th hey used d to be b in­sep­a­ra­ble bl – child­hood friends who con­quered Hol­ly­wood, work­ing the showbiz cir­cuit and grac­ing red car­pets for years as each other’s plus ones.

But the beau­ti­ful bro­mance be­tween Ben Af­fleck and Matt Da­mon is thought to be over, with Matt mov­ing on to a hot­ter, younger model – Aussie hunk Chris Hemsworth!

For months, Matt, 47, and Chris, 34, have been hang­ing out as a four­some with their re­spec­tive wives Lu­ciana Bar­roso and Elsa Pataky, in both LA and the Hemsworth fam­ily’s base of By­ron Bay.

But tellingly, Matt and Ben haven’t been seen out in pub­lic to­gether since early last year – and US sources say the Ja­son Bourne star’s wife and his PR team have warned him to steer clear of his for­mer best friend.

“Lu­ciana has banned Ben from their lives,” an in­sider re­veals, ad­ding that his camp have told him to keep his dis­tance from Ben, 45, due to his bad-boy rep­u­ta­tion.

In­deed, d d be­tween b Ben’s ’ con­tro­ver­sial re­la­tion­ship with Lind­say Shookus, his stints in re­hab for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion and be­ing dragged into the Harvey We­in­stein sex-abuse scan­dal, Matt’s camp be­lieve Ben is bad for his whole­some brand.

Chris, on the other hand, seems to be the ideal can­di­date for a squeaky clean celebrity best friend, with his wife Elsa, 41, their three young kids, and no scan­dals to speak of.

“Matt and Lu­ciana have been bud­dy­ing up with Chris and Elsa in Aus­tralia,” the source con­tin­ues.

“It’s like his long-time close friend Ben never ex­isted,” says the in­sider.

And Matt’s so keen to spend more time with Chris, he’s even re­port­edly eye­ing up a hol­i­day home in By­ron Bay on the NSW North Coast, where Chris and his fam­ily live!

“Hemsworth is a great friend of mine,” Matt says. “I’m re­ally tight with him and his wife and the kids.”

The for­merr besties re­ceived an Os­car for Good Will Hunt­ing in 1998. Matt’s look­ing for a house in By­ron so he can be near his new buddy. Wives Elsa and Lu­ciana are firm friends, too!

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