Sean Penn Struggles Getting Over “Fraud” Marriage

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Love hurts for actor Sean Penn. In the December issue of Esquire, the “Milk” star admits to having a rough time dealing with his divorce from Robin Wright, according to Us Weekly.

The two-time Oscar winner married Wright in 1996, and the two remained a couple until their split in 2010.

“There is no shame in saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don’t feel I’ve ever had that,” explained Penn. “I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly.”

Although Penn doesn’t refer to his ex-wife by name in the article, he does acknowledge the hardships that one faces during divorce proceedings.

“When you get divorced, all the truths come out, you sit there and go, ‘What the f— was I doing?”

As if putting an end to a 14-year marriage wasn’t enough, the ex-couple was faced with the difficulty of dealing with a life-threatening injury to their son shortly after the split. Nineteen-year-old Hopper was involved in a skateboard accident that resulted in bleeding of the brain.

“It had already been eight months of divorce and s–t, and raising a kid that’s going through the divorce himself, and then this f—ing thing happens . . . it was a tough, tough time,” Penn lamented.

Penn’s marriage with the “Moneyball” star also produced a 21-year-old daughter named Dylan.

This isn’t Penn’s first unsuccessful marriage. Prior to jumping the broom with Robin Wright, the actor was married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989.

Luckily for Penn, he was able to utilize a good cause to put his heartache in perspective. His role as the founder of J/P Hatian Relief Organization has helped overcome the bump in the road.

“The road started with the most obvious kind of trauma — my son’s head — and then to get to a place that had been just so devastated and traumatized, and then to see that in fact most of the trauma actually predated the earthquake,” Penn explained. “You had a country that had never experienced anything that related to comfort, and out of that you had great trauma — but also this great strength that, I think, we all benefited from.”


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