Charlize Theron and Sean Penn called it quits last summer, and given that the relationship seemed to come to an end without warning, fans were confused about what exactly went wrong.
There were rumors that Theron ended the relationship and that she was "ghosting" Penn (completely cutting all communication and disappearing from his life). But now, months later, Theron is finally clearing the air and setting the record straight about her breakup.
Speaking during an interview with the April issue of WSJ magazine, Theron revealed the difficulties that arise from living a life in public.
"There is this need to sensationalize things," she told the publication. "When you leave a relationship, there has to be some f***ing crazy story or some crazy drama. And the f***ing ghosting thing, like literally I still don't even know what it is."
She added, "It's just its own beast. We were in a relationship and then it didn't work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That's it."
But the breakup clearly left Theron emotional, and after all this time, discussing what went wrong still brings her to tears. Speaking of the events that lead up to her split from Penn, she candidly spoke about her desire to adopt a second child (August).
"When you're with somebody and it comes to kids, you can't bullshit," she explained. "And so I was always very honest with Sean that I wanted to have more kids. And he was very supportive."
"We were very, very new in a relationship," she explained. "The stories saying that Sean was going to adopt Jackson and all of that were not true. It's not something that happens in 18 months. You can't do that to a child. So there was an understanding that I was a single mom with a very young boy who I had to put in a situation where he understood that Mommy dates but that he does not have a father, you know what I mean? You have to be very careful and very honest about that stuff. And Sean was great with all of that."
Theron then addressed the fact that she made the decision to file the adoption papers alone.
"And in my honesty about wanting to have more kids, there was an understanding that a relationship had to go somewhere before it was going to be — what you hope for, which ultimately did not happen," she explained to writer Alex Bhattacharji.
"I couldn't foresee that, but that stuff takes time, and I think it's my responsibility as a mother to protect my child from that. And so we had a very clear understanding. He knew that I was thinking about filing for another adoption but that we weren't filing together," Theron said.
"My publicist's going to kill me; I'm already saying too much." she joked, but Bhattacharji then noted that a wave of tears arrived.
While the split may have been heartbreaking for Theron, there was nothing sinister about it, and after months of speculation, we finally know what really went wrong (at least from Theron's side of the story, as the publication notes that Penn declined to comment).
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