Sean Penn: Charlize Theron is the love of my life

Sean Penn corrected a journalist after they referred to Charlize Theron as his girlfriend and instead insisted that she is the "love of my life".

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron

Sean Penn says Charlize Theron is the "love of my life".

The 'Gangster Squad' star is currently romancing the 39-year-old actress but was quick to correct a journalist who referred to the South African beauty as his "girlfriend".

He told French newspaper Le Parisien: "No, no, excuse me, Charlize is not my girlfriend. She's the love of my life...

"We have a very strong relationship. [We] have known each other for a very long time. But we weren't together."

Meanwhile, the 54-year-old actor previously admitted he would consider tying the knot with Charlize as his "first marriage", despite having been married twice already - to Madonna for four years and Robin Wright for 14 years.

He said: "You say I've been married twice before but I've been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today, so I wouldn't even consider a third marriage, I'd consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition."

Sean also admitted he was "surprised" that he was in love again.

He added: "I'm surprised to be in love. Lots of reasons. 53 years old [when we got together] plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven't been happy in a single relationship? It could seem too late.

"To run into somebody now who you care about is a much passionate, deeper, truer and - God! - a much happier feeling. It's a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in a relationship and to think you're a good person within it."

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