In an extensive interview with WSJ. Magazine, Charlize Theron opens up a bit about the breakdown of her relationship with Sean Penn. "There is this need to sensationalize things," she says of the rumors that swirled after their breakup—such as stories claiming she "ghosted" him. "When you leave a relationship there has to be some f---ing crazy story or some crazy drama," she continues. "And the f---ing ghosting thing, like literally I still don’t even know what it is." The simple truth? "We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it."
She and Penn got together about two years after Theron adopted her now 4-year-old son, Jackson, and she made sure to tread carefully because of her child: "The stories saying that Sean was going to adopt Jackson and all of that were not true. It’s not something that happens in 18 months," the length of her relationship with Penn, she says. And she was honest with Penn about the fact that she wanted at least one more child—an infant daughter, August, she adopted right around the time she and Penn broke off their engagement. "In my honesty about wanting to have more kids, there was an understanding that a relationship had to go somewhere before it was going to be—what you hope for, which ultimately did not happen," she says. "I couldn’t foresee that, but that stuff takes time."