Ben Affleck Ailing … Or Just Lovesick?

06/04/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Ben Affleck Ailing … Or Just Lovesick?
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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Jersey Girl may not have been the big movie comeback that Ben Affleck had hoped for, but when the movie premiered in Britain this week, the star didn't make it to the red carpet – on account of bronchitis, TV's Extra reports, adding that Affleck had to be rushed to a London hospital.

Affleck's rep said the actor is now home recuperating in Boston because, the TV show reports, the star is "still very sick."

Meanwhile, Friday's New York Post carries a photo from last week of a very healthy looking Affleck – though he could be lovesick.

Affleck, 31, sporting a small goatee and a big smile, is shown sitting in Boston's Fenway Park taking in a Red Sox game with his attractive new girlfriend, 26-year-old brunette TV account executive Enza Sambataro.

The paper says the two met at a fund-raiser in a Boston bowling alley and that she insisted he meet her mother in New Hampshire before she would jet away with him for a romantic weekend.

There has been no confirmation about this new relationship from Affleck's rep.

Elsewhere, the subject of Affleck and former flame Jennifer Lopez's notorious Gigli, the Wall Street Journal has some extra added fun at that movie's expense, pointing out that the Starz cable network is airing it this weekend and promoting it by highlighting the terrible reviews it received, as a means to draw attention to it.

"Obviously a lot of people didn't see the movie," says a Starz rep. "It's not meant as a jab at anyone."

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