Still crazy for each other after all these years? A gaggle of Madonna‘s A-list friends turned up to support the pop legend, 55, at the screening and launch of her Secret Project Revolution film at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC on Tuesday, Sept. 24 — but none more noticeable than Sean Penn.
The former spouses, who divorced in 1989 after four bitter years, have remained cordial over the ensuing decades, and Penn, 53, was on hand with the likes of Zachary Quinto, Anderson Cooper, Lindsay Lohan, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Zac Posen and Lee Daniels for the premiere of Madonna’s short film project with Steven Klein. (Us Weekly’s Entertainment Director Ian Drew was also in attendance.) The Oscar-winning actor was the first to arrive and greet his ex-wife, with the pair — once known as the “Poison Penns” for their constant bickering — obliging for a photo.
(With her bright-red lips and retro waves, an on-the-mend Lohan bore a striking resemblance to Madonna at the event.)
Although both the singer and actor moved on — she married and divorced director Guy Ritchie, he did the same with Robin Wright — the pair have always seemed to hold a candle for one another. Checking out his ex’s Oct. 2012 MDNA concert in L.A., Penn couldn’t take his eyes off the “Hung Up” singer onstage, a witness told Us at the time.
“Their chemistry was off the charts,” a fellow concert-goer raved. “Madonna seemed to be performing entirely for Sean. And he was saying things like ‘Amazing!’ and ‘She’s so hot!'”
“Madonna’s friends wish she’d get back with Sean,” another source has said of the superstar, now dating dancer Brahim Zaibat, 27. “He will always be the love of her life.”
Before the Secret Project film was screened, Madonna, wearing her gold grills and a black, shiny trenchcoat with black lace gloves, addressed the small, elite crowd in a long monologue about the work.
“We were banned by the Vatican. What a shocker. This film, aside from my children, is the most important thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I cannot tolerate it when groups like Pussy Riot are thrown in jail for criticizing people for their art. This is a serious offense to me because god made art. It’s an artist’s job to shape the world he or she lives in.”
The film was followed by a performance to Billie Holiday‘s “Strange Fruit” and Kanye West‘s “Jesus Walks” by several of Madonna dancers and then, finally, the Material Girl herself sang Elliot Smith’s song “Behind the Bars” as a piano played, and her son Rocco Ritchie danced.
Lohan, for one, was impressed with the evening, telling Us that Madonna was “incredible.”
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