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Sean Penn would consider a union with Charlize Theron a 'first marriage'

Sean Penn, Charlize Theron
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Sean Penn may have two marriages behind him, but you wouldn't know it from reading his recent comments in Esquire UK.

Sean Penn is "surprised to be in love" again, this time with Charlize Theron.Today

See, he's in love with Charlize Theron these days which means his earlier unions (to Madonna and Robin Wright) take a back seat.

When asked whether he'd go to the altar a third time, he said, "You say I've been married twice before, but I've been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today, so I wouldn't even consider a third marriage, I'd consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition."

The actor was married to Madonna from 1985-89. His relationship with Wright began shortly after that split, and they wed in 1996, divorcing just last year.

Madonna with Sean Penn in 1986.Today

"I'm very friendly with my first ex-wife," he added. "I would say that I'm on extremely good terms with the children I share with my second ex-wife."

As for potential No. 3 (or No. 1, depending on how you look at it), Penn is incredibly happy with his latest love (Theron is 39; Penn is 54), who he's been dating for over a year and who he directed in their new movie "The Last Face."

"I'm surprised to be in love," he said. "Lot of reasons. Fifty-three years old [when they met] plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven't been happy in a single relationship? It could seem too late."

Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn in 2004 in Cannes, France. Today

He added, "To run into somebody now who you care about is a much passionate, deeper, truer and — God! — a much happier feeling. It's a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in a relationship and to think you're a good person within it."

So, are wedding bells coming? "Yes, I'd get married again," said Penn. "I'm in love with a woman and home is where the heart is, right?"

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