Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson, 24-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Sean Penn And Sugar Babay Scarlett Johansson

Sugar Daddy Sean Penn And Sugar Babay Scarlett JohanssonSean Penn and Scar­lett Johans­son are both respectable actors in their own right. Although Penn was act­ing well before Johans­son was, they both made their mark as a promi­nent lead per­former in the mid-90s—for Penn it was the 1995 drama Dead Man Walk­ing, which earned him his first Oscar nom­i­na­tion, and for Johans­son it was the 1996 film Manny & Lo, which earned her an Inde­pen­dent Spirit Award nom­i­na­tion for Best Female Lead. Both Penn and Johans­son have since starred in a string of critically-acclaimed films.

Despite hav­ing sim­i­lar career paths, peo­ple were still shocked when the news broke in early 2011 that Penn and Johans­son were dat­ing. Johansson’s divorce from actor Ryan Reynolds hadn’t even been final­ized yet when this new celebrity cou­ple was seen enjoy­ing a roman­tic vaca­tion in Cabo San Lucas.

Penn’s divorce from his ex-wife, actress Robin Wright, had been final­ized a year ear­lier, and it was rumored that Johans­son started pur­su­ing him right away. After only a few months of dat­ing, the celebrity cou­ple called it quits. Accord­ing to an insider, the rela­tion­ship didn’t work because she was too clingy and he didn’t want to be tied down and had no inter­est in a seri­ous relationship.

Even though this celebrity cou­ple wasn’t together for very long, they still received wide­spread media atten­tion, mostly because of their 24-year age dif­fer­ence. Even Johans­son her­self was sur­prised by how much media atten­tion her rela­tion­ship with Penn received: “In my mar­riage, fun­nily enough, we had rel­a­tive pri­vacy,” the actress said in an inter­view, adding that hav­ing so much atten­tion focused on her new rela­tion­ship was “a lit­tle bit of an adjust­ment” for her.

Although Penn split with Johans­son, he wasn’t quite ready to lose out on hav­ing a beau­ti­ful, younger woman on his arm. Just a month after they broke up, he started dat­ing 26-year-old Shan­non Costello, who was the com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for his Hait­ian Relief Orga­ni­za­tion. Mean­while, Johans­son moved on with some­one a lit­ter closer in age. The now 28-year-old actress is cur­rently dat­ing 31-year-old cre­ative agency man­ager Romain Dauriac.


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