Sean Penn: Ex Robin Wright Is "a Ghost to Me Now"

Celebrity News Jun. 3, 2010 AT 12:20PM
Sean Penn: Ex Robin Wright Is "a Ghost to Me Now" Credit: Steve Jennings/WireImage.com

Guess Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn haven't stayed in touch since she filed for divorced last year.

"She is a ghost to me now," Sean, 49, tells Vanity Fair in a new interview "We spent all those years together.... Now she's just gone."

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Robin, 44, submitted divorce papers last August. The couple had been together since 1989 and wed in 1996. They have two children: son Hopper Jack, 16, and daughter Dylan, 19.

The spouses filed papers twice before -- in December 2007 and in April 2009 -- but reconciled shortly thereafter. Last year, the actress told More magazine lthat their marriage was definitely done. "I hit that crossroad a while ago...I know what I don't want."

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Talking to historian Douglas Brinkley in Vanity Fair, Sean Penn explains that his split has helped him become more of an activist and humanitarian -- helping out in Haiti and other fragile, embattled parts of the world.

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"I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn't have time to commit to anything--for real--in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I’m single. I can lend a hand."

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