Sean Penn on his marriage to Madonna
“I’ve talked to Madonna since and we get along fine. We both accept that to have stayed together would probably have ruined our lives. I was an angry young man. I had a lot demons and don’t really know who could’ve lived with me at the time. I was just as badly behaved as her, so I can’t point the finger of blame.”
This is Sean Penn discussing the end of his marriage to Madonna. The Oscar-winning actor wed the pop superstar in 1985 under a blaze of media interest and Sean believes their different attitudes towards fame were one of the main reasons their marriages didn’t work.
He also said: “Had we stayed together, we’d have driven each other mad. But I was just as badly behaved as her. I never liked being under the spotlight. Our marriage guaranteed that we lived in the public gaze, which meant that we had no real marriage at all. We didn’t even have time to have a proper conversation. She was in the process of becoming the biggest star in the world. I just wanted to make my films and hide.”