Charlize Theron's and Sean Penn's Breakup Isn't As Sudden As You Might Think

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Sad, but true: power couple Charlize Theron and Sean Penn are no more. Last seen together at Cannes in May, sources say they are now living in separate homes.


Which has us wondering: Did anyone see this coming?

The couple was reportedly seen hugging and smooching at an event as recently as mid-May, which may explain why many fans feel blindsided. But apparently there were some rumblings of trouble in paradise back when Sean directed Charlize in her upcoming film The Last Face. Charlize, who reportedly broke up with Sean, admitted to the press back then that it was a tense, challenging time.

"For the first time, I felt that my work was really bleeding into my life, and that made it hard," she said. "There were moments where I was incredibly unfair to him. And moments where I felt like … he was incredibly unfair to me."

All in all we think this breakup is a shame, given these two have actually been friends for over a decade, and dating and all but inseparable since 2013, and engaged since the holidays.

Plus, I always cringe when there's a kid in the mix: Charlize's 3-year-old Jackson must be confused by Sean's sudden absence.

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Still, at times like this I try to remember what a divorced friend once told me: that by the time a couple decides to split, it's usually so bad that the breakup is a happy day. A weight lifts. The agony over whether or when to cut the cord is over. The deed is done. You're free!

Plus, I also think that if any of the less-than-complimentary rumors about Sean Penn are true, maybe Charlize is better off single. Only time will tell if this split sticks, but if it does let's just hope it's a smooth one.

Did you see this breakup coming?


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