Sean Penn calls 14-year-old marriage Robin Wright Penn a “fraud,” says he’s never had love

Robin Wright Penn fraud

Sean Penn opened up to Esquire magazine about the trauma and love in his life, referring to his 14-year marriage to Robin Wright Penn a “fraud.”

Not only that, he feels like he’s never been loved by anyone. From 1985-89 he was married to Madonna, and in 1987 he sent her to the hospital when he cracked her across the head with a baseball bat. The 53-year-old actor briefly dated 28-year-old Scarlett Johansson last year, but reports were that he broke off the relationship because he didn’t want a commitment.

Here’s what he said to Esquire:

There is no shame in my 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. I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly. When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, What the f*** was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way? Which is a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense. It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me.

Sean is also very bitter about movie making, and modern culture in general:

In my teens, I fell in love with the movies. And so when I got involved in the movies, I was a genius in terms of how the movies that were made in the generation that inspired me got made — but now the financing wasn’t there to do ’em anymore. Trauma. I’m caught in a business that I’m in love with the idea of — the whole process that’s possible. Only now they’re not making movies — they’re representing them.

I just did this picture that I enjoyed doing. Gangster Squad. But I do think that in general the standard of aspiration is low. Very low. And mostly they’re just doing a bunch of monkey-f**k-rat movies, most actors and actresses. And I blame them just as much as I do the business. I know everybody wants to make some money, everybody’s got a modeling contract, everybody’s selling jewelry and perfume. I’m blinded by it. Bob Dylan said in an interview one time — somebody asked him, Are you really this reclusive? He says, No, I’m not reclusive, man. I’m exclusive. Exclusivity is like intimacy.

When I was growing up and somebody like Robert De Niro had a movie come out, it was a cultural event. Because he had such a confidence and a single mission that was so intimate. But when people start using themselves as instruments of a kind of consumerist mosh pit, they’re helping that take over. I mean, you are a soldier for it or you’re a soldier against it. That’s all there is to it. And we have so little of that intimacy left, it’s no wonder that interpersonal relationships have become text relationships. It’s a texting orgy. When is somebody gonna sit there, with their mate or their child, and just look them in the eye and say, “I love you?” When is that life??

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  • Ouch. I’m sure Robin won’t be too happy to hear that after all those years with him!

    I always want to hate on him for being a jerk, but then I watched some of the recent pieces on his on-going work in Haiti and I just can’t throw shade.

  • Pat Brown

    he is as real they come!

  • rachel

    I’m sure his kids love hearing that about their parents. Poor Robin as well, such a shame to give years of your life to someone who didn’t really love you.

    • ohhhhno

      I think he was saying that he feels like Robin didn’t love him, not the other way around. Either way, I do feel bad for the kids. I would never want to hear my parents dirty laundry surrounding their divorce.

  • tab

    wow, what a crappy thing to say publicly.

  • babymarie48

    So Sean Penn feels he has never been loved?? Then he says he wants no commitment. Then why should any woman invest her time and emotions in him?? Love ia a two way street.