Theron and Penn dated for "barely a year" before splitting up in 2015.

By Kimberly Truong
Jun 23, 2020 @ 10:34 am
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Charlize Theron has cleared up a rumor that circulated about her relationship with Sean Penn, clarifying that they were never planning to tie the knot.

During an interview on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, Theron was asked about rumors she'd once been engaged to Penn, to which she replied, "What? That’s not true. no. I did not 'almost get married to Sean', that’s such bulls—. No, we dated, that was literally all we did, we dated."

She continued, "It was a relationship, for sure. We were definitely exclusive, but it was for barely a year. We never moved in. I was never going to marry him. It was nothing like that."

Theron and Penn reportedly began dating in 2013, and by June 2015, it was confirmed that they had split up. In 2015, Theron told Esquire that she and Penn had been friends for 20 years: "I think our friendship stemmed from mutual respect — more on my end because I really didn't have a body of work twenty years ago, but my love and passion for making films — that was our common ground. And also, Sean liked to have conversations outside of just making movies. That's sometimes hard to find among friends here, and that's where our friendship really blossomed."

Speaking to Stern in Tuesday's interview, Theron said, "I never wanted to get married. That’s never been something that’s important to me."

"On the lives of my children, I’ve never been lonely. I’ve never felt alone," she said, adding she wasn't afraid of romantic relationships. "My life right now just doesn’t allow a lot of room for something like that to happen. But in saying that, there’s not this thing that drives me [to have a romantic relationship]."

She continued, "I enjoy being set up on dates but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to live with somebody again. To be totally frank, they might have to buy the house next to me. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to deal with that ever again, I’m too old for that s—."