What Charlize Theron Is Saying About Her “Effortless” May-December Relationship with Sean Penn

Charlize Theron And Sugar Daddy Sean PennHow long do you need to really get to know some­one? Char­l­ize Theron, 38, has finally opened up about her May-December rela­tion­ship with actor Sean Penn, 53, and it turns out that this celebrity couple’s love story was almost two decades in the making.

Theron and Penn started dat­ing seri­ously in Feb­ru­ary 2014 and their 15-year age dif­fer­ence was hardly an issue, because they were good friends for 18 years before they ever became roman­ti­cally involved—an inti­mate May-December rela­tion­ship was never some­thing either of them saw coming.

We had to think about it. But at the end of the day, it was some­what effort­less,” Char­l­ize Theron recently told Vogue about her May-December rela­tion­ship with Sean Penn. “It just kind of nat­u­rally hap­pened, and before I knew it, I was in some­thing that was mak­ing my life better—the peo­ple who really love me can see the effect it has had on me.”

Despite know­ing each other in and out, and even with the age dif­fer­ence, the celebrity cou­ple still faced a big hurdle—agreeing to risk their friend­ship for a May-December rela­tion­ship that may or may not work out. “If you have that kind of endur­ing friend­ship like we did, you value it and you don’t want to just make an impul­sive deci­sion that can dam­age that,” the actress recently said in an inter­view for The Today Show. “You always kind of have to eval­u­ate or re-evaluate your actions mov­ing forward.”

It seems like Char­l­ize Theron and Sean Penn made the right deci­sion; the friends-turned-lovers look very happy together when they’re seen together, and Penn has even been seen spend­ing qual­ity time with Theron’s adopted two-year-old son. How­ever, in spite of all the rumors that the celebrity cou­ple was headed for mar­riage, Char­l­ize Theron hinted that they aren’t plan­ning to rush into anything—after all, it took the celebrity cou­ple 18 years to real­ize they were per­fect for each other. “I just think you should have a con­scious thought process behind [going into a rela­tion­ship] for sure. You can’t just willy-nilly it.”

What do you think: Would you con­sider dat­ing a man you’ve been friends with for 18 years, or would you value your friend­ship too much to take the risk?


Har­ri­son, L. “Char­l­ize Theron Reveals What Might Hap­pen If She Ever Breaks Up With Sean Penn—Watch Now!” E! News web site, May 20, 2014; http://goo.gl/Vs3lCe.

Takeda, A., “Char­l­ize Theron Poses in a Bikini, Opens Up About Her Romance With Sean Penn: It Was ‘Effort­less,’” Us Weekly web site, May 19, 2014; http://goo.gl/0HUybi.

Photo Credit: Everett Col­lec­tion / Shutterstock.com (Char­l­ize Theron), cin­e­mafes­ti­val / Shutterstock.com (Sean Penn)