Charlize Theron has broken her silence about her romantic relationship with Sean Penn in a cover story interview with ‘Vogue’ magazine. She was candid on other personal topics as well including her adopted son, Jackson, and how she feels about marriage.

Charlize Theron

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The 38-year-old South African actress is among the stars in Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ She and the 53-year-old Oscar-winning actor and humanitarian Sean Penn had been an item for some time to the delight of paparazzi. While they had never hidden the relationship, neither had they spoken of it. In fact, they walked the red carpet together for the movie’s premiere and you can see several of the pictures below.

For her part, Charlize Theron opened up about their relationship for the ‘Vogue’ cover story which sees her gracing the magazine’s cover as well as posing for a photo shoot by Mario Testino.

She had much to say about Sean Penn, perhaps to satisfy the incessant curiosity of the public which when left unsatisfied begins to feed itself on rumor and speculation.

Theron began by saying, “I don’t know how you have a healthy relationship with the whole world knowing about it. Look, we’re dating, and I don’t think we were trying to hide anything.”

She continued: “We were photographed; the relationship was kind of written about. I recently did a daylong press junket, which I hadn’t done in forever, and it’s a harsh reminder that whatever people try to hide a press junket behind, it’s really a roundabout way of getting at as much private sh-t as they can. It was all about what I like to eat and avoiding questions about Sean or my son.”

The actress adopted her son Jackson in early 2012 as a single mother. She went on to say, “What I will say is, I was single for a really long time. I was enjoying mommyhood. You just naturally become kind of selfish about your time, and all of it is dedicated to this little thing, whether he needs it or not. And then they get into more of a schedule and you start to think, Wow, wait a second. There’s this passionate creature in me.”

She said of her son and her decision to adopt, “Even in my relationship with Stuart [Townsend], that was something I was very clear about. We had very different ideas of what a family looked like. There’s no judgment; that was not the reason why we broke up, but when we did, adopting was not a last resort for me — it was almost like a first resort.”

She went on to say, “And it’s the only thing in my life that’s surpassed how great I thought it would be.” She spoke in glowing terms of Jackson, saying, “He likes big boys. He’s super independent. His awareness just blows my mind. He picks up on things really quickly. Shy at first, and then you can’t stop him. But it’s the shyness that I love because it’s kind of a pensive quality — he susses out the situation, and then he’ll step in and join the group.”

As for marriage and whether or not she would consider it for herself she said, “I really do understand the importance and what that ceremony represents to so many people, but it’s just such a personal thing. Let’s put it this way: I never had the dream of the white dress. And watching other people getting married? I think it’s beautiful for them, but to be quite honest, usually I’m sitting there just devastated.”

She went on to say, “It’s supposed to be this night of celebrating love, and all you see is a couple separated all night making sure everybody else is OK. It just looks like a lot of work. And as you get older, you start sifting through the stuff that really matters.”

Asked if her views on marriage were shaped by what she had witnessed with her parents, she said, “A lot of people want to make it about my past, my mom and dad not being in a great marriage, but I will tell you honestly: I have had a good amount of healthy therapy about it, and it really isn’t about that…Because I think that would kind of showcase itself more in a fear of long-term relationships, which I don’t have at all. I want the long-term relationship. And I don’t really know how to invest in the other thing.”

The Mario Testino photos and more of the fascinating and candid interview can be seen at Vogue here.

A good and lengthy read. Perhaps for a time it will satisfy the insatiable curiosity of the celebrity watching world. Yes, so long as we measure that length of time in nanoseconds!

Photos: Charlize Theron and Sean Penn
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