Susan Sarandon's ex-boyfriend Jonathan Bricklin may have been 31 years her junior, but don't cast him off as a "boy toy." As Bricklin, 37, explains, his love for the 68-year-old actress ran deep, and despite their breakup, Bricklin will always have a soft spot for her. "She's someone I love more than anyone I've ever been with, and that won't change," he told the New York Post's Page Six in an interview March 30.
Though it wasn't the deciding factor, Bricklin says the AOL series they filmed together, Connected, documenting their life (and the lives of other New Yorkers) over six months, contributed to their breakup. "We had a six-year relationship that's gone through ups and downs," Bricklin said. "We're taking some time apart to really refresh."
During his romance with Sarandon, Bricklin tells The Post he struggled with their age gap, and his subsequently adopted label of boy toy.
In fact, Bricklin took issue during their courtship that he wasn't on par with Sarandon's celebrity stature. "I felt like I never lived up to that," Bricklin, who met Sarandon on a 2010 trip to Chile and co-owns ping-pong lounge SPiN with her, admitted to Page Six. "I wasn't a backup dancer for Madonna, so I felt like no one [knew] anything about me . . . she's not dating some young male model that could look pretty in tabloid pictures."
Sarandon's ex also felt somewhat slighted by her family and friends. "I loved her dating me, and I never felt embarrassed for her dating me," he says. “What I felt was, the general public and maybe her family or friends maybe felt that I wasn't good enough for her." Read more about what Bricklin said about his relationship with Sarandon on Page Six.
Prior to her romance with Bricklin, Sarandon was in a long-term partnership with fellow actor Tim Robbins, the father of her two sons, Jack, 26, and Miles, 23, for 23 years. They called it quits in 2009. Sarandon was married to The Princess Bride's Chris Sarandon from 1967 to 1979, and shares daughter, Eva Amurri, with ex Franco Amurri.
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