Charlize Theron Wants You to Know She Did NOT Ghost Sean Penn


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For the record, Charlize Theron did not “ghost” Sean Penn, people. “The fucking ghosting thing, like literally I still don’t even know what it is,” she told the Wall Street Journal. Though you don’t have to know the term to pull the move, Theron insisted that their 18-month relationship ended simply: “We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.” She didn’t stop answering his calls and texts and disappear, as the New York Times and other outlets reported. 

At a very dishy dinner in Budapest, Theron really opened up to the WSJ about her failed engagement. “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 said. Way to call a spade a spade, Theron, and just call marriage and children “what you hope for.” Point, Theron. 

So why did everyone say she ghosted him? Well, ghosting was particularly au courant when the high-profile couple said peace to one another last year. Or, as Theron put it: “There is this need to sensationalize things.” 

“When you leave a relationship there has to be some fucking crazy story or some crazy drama.” No insane story, no drama: “It’s just its own beast,” she said of the relationship. At that point in the interview, she motioned to the waiter to save her from herself and wrap things up. That’s the difference between being a celebrity and a normal person: When you’re a regular person, no waiters have any interest in saving you from oversharing on your dinner date.