Sean Penn and Minka Kelly caught looking like more than friends

Apr 15, 2016 at 8:28 a.m. ET
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Sean Penn, 55, and Minka Kelly, 35, were photographed together this week, but does that mean they're dating? The two celebs were caught looking like more than friends at a gala on Wednesday, but we're not so sure they're actually an item.

Penn and Kelly were among the many stars to celebrate the launch of tech entrepreneur Sean Parker's Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Lady Gaga, John Legend and the Red Hot Chili Peppers even performed at the event.

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Penn and Kelly were seated at the same table at the gala and captured looking cozy on camera. However, this isn't the first time the pair have dined together. Penn joined Kelly and a couple of friends at her birthday dinner at Thomas Keller's luxe Napa restaurant The French Laundry back in June 2015.

An insider told Us Weekly that at the pair's June dinner, "Minka and Sean got along great and had a great time, but it's unclear where it's going."

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The timing was reportedly not great for Penn, who had just split from Charlize Theron, 40, after a year and a half-long relationship. Kelly also took to Twitter to deny that the pair were an item.

However, the two have reportedly remained close since relationship rumors started swirling last June. They even both attended a birthday dinner for a friend in January. A source told Us Weekly at the time that it seemed like Penn was fond of Kelly, but she wasn't feeling him as much.

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As previously mentioned, Penn is 20 years Kelly's senior. So, is it strange that Penn would date someone who could be his daughter or is it no big deal? Well, Penn is 15 years old than his ex, Theron. Plus, age seems like it may just be a number, especially in Hollywood.

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