Sean Penn, 61, says he is still in love with ex Leila George, 30, weeks after finalizing divorce


Sean Penn, 61, says he is still in love with his ex wife Leila George, 30, just weeks after finalizing divorce: ‘I f***ed up the marriage’

  • The actor, 61, opened up about his relationship with George, and his continued charitable work in Ukraine, during an interview with Hollywood Authentic
  • Penn was honest about their relationship issues going as far as saying he ‘f—-d up the marriage’ because he was ‘very neglectful’ 
  • George is more than 30 years Penn’s junior. She celebrated her 30th birthday on March 20 while the Fast Times at Ridgemont High star turns 62 in August 
  • Penn went on to say that he ‘doesn’t know’ what the future will hold for him and George, but he said he’s worked on what he sees as the problems with himself during their relationship 
  • Penn and George started dating back in 2016, and eventually tied-the-knot in July 2020
  • They would separate about a year later, with George filing for divorce this past October
  • The acclaimed actor and director submitted a ‘settlement package to the L.A. County Courts’ on March 17 
  • It’s unclear who received what in the split, but the couple did have an iron-clad prenuptial agreement that laid out specifics of their finances if they were to break-up

Sean Penn recently finalized his divorce with estranged wife Leila George, but he isn’t happy about the split. 

The actor, 61, opened up about his relationship with George, and his continued charitable work in Ukraine, during an interview with Hollywood Authentic published Saturday. 

Penn was honest about their relationship issues going as far as saying he ‘f—-d up the marriage’ because he was ‘very neglectful.’  

Still loving: Sean Penn recently finalized his divorce with estranged wife Leila George, but he isn’t happy about the split (pictured 2021) 

‘There’s a woman who I’m so in love with, Leila George, who I only see on a day-to-day basis now, because I f—ed up the marriage,’ the Mystic River star said. ‘We were married technically for one year, but for five years, I was a very neglectful guy.’ 

He made it clear he never cheated or ‘any of that obvious sh*t’  but he ‘allowed myself to think that my place in so many other things was so important, and that included my place in being totally depressed and driven to alcohol and Ambien at 11 o’clock in the morning, by watching the news, by watching the Trump era, by watching it and just despairing.’ 

He heaped a lot of praise on his ex while also giving an inside look at the problems that plagued him during their relationship.  

Taking the blame: Penn was very honest about their relationship issues going as far as saying he 'f----d up the marriage' because he was 'very neglectful' (pictured 2020)

Taking the blame: Penn was very honest about their relationship issues going as far as saying he ‘f—-d up the marriage’ because he was ‘very neglectful’ (pictured 2020)

Not a cheater: He made it clear he never cheated, but he 'allowed myself to think that my place in so many other things was so important (pictured 2020)

Not a cheater: He made it clear he never cheated, but he ‘allowed myself to think that my place in so many other things was so important (pictured 2020)

‘And as it turns out — this is going to shock you — beautiful, incredibly kind, imaginative, talented young women who get married to a man quite senior to them in years, they don’t actually love it when they get up from their peaceful night’s sleep and their new husband is on the couch, having been up since 4, watching all of the crap that’s going on in the world and has decided that 10:30 in the morning is a good time to neck a double vodka tonic and an Ambien and say, ‘Good morning, honey. I’m going to pass out for a few hours and get away from all this sh*t,’ he told the outlet.  

George is more than 30 years Penn’s junior. She celebrated her 30th birthday on March 20 while the Fast Times at Ridgemont High star turns 62 in August. 

Penn went on to say that he ‘doesn’t know’ what the future will hold for him and George, but he said he’s worked on what he sees as the problems with himself during their relationship. 

‘Now, when I wash the dishes, I don’t answer my phone,’ he explained. ‘If I’m with my wife for a day, I don’t have my phone on, even though I’m juggling a lot of things. I don’t juggle them better by taking more calls. I can have my phone off and not watch the news for 12 hours now. 

Age gap: George is more than 30 years Penn's junior. She celebrated her 30th birthday on March 20 while the Fast Times at Ridgemont High star turns 62 in August (pictured 2020)

Age gap: George is more than 30 years Penn’s junior. She celebrated her 30th birthday on March 20 while the Fast Times at Ridgemont High star turns 62 in August (pictured 2020)

First marriage: He was previously married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989 (pictured 1987)

Second attempt: He tried marriage again with Robin Wright. The two were together from 1996 to 2010 (pictured 1996)

Familiar territory: Penn’s split from George is the third time Penn has been through a divorce

‘And even when I’m stressed, I’m never stressed the way I used to be. Because we’ve all had our heart broken at some point. ‘ 

Despite all this, the two-time Academy Award winner said he still needs vodka and Ambien to sleep though he reiterated that he’s no longer uses them ‘to hide from the world now like I used to.’ 

Penn and George started dating back in 2016, and eventually tied-the-knot in July 2020. They would separate about a year later, with George filing for divorce this past October.

The acclaimed actor and director submitted a ‘settlement package to the L.A. County Courts’ on March 17, according to The Blast.

It’s unclear who received what in the split, but the couple did have an iron-clad prenuptial agreement that laid out specifics of their finances if they were to break-up. 

His split from George is the third time Penn has been through a divorce. He was previously married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989 and to The Princess Bride star Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010. 

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