Charlize Theron Strips Down for Esquire UK, Opens Up About the Unmarried Life

Charlize Theron might be dating fellow Oscar winner Sean Penn, but she’s not looking to settle down any time soon. According to the A Million Ways to Die in the West actress, she’s perfectly content with the way things are at the moment.

“I’m sure some people would be like, ‘I would never want to have that life.’ I’m sure there’s a lot of aspects to my life that a lot of people wouldn’t want. Like the fact that I’m single at 38,” she tells Esquire UK in their July 2014 issue. “That’s not necessarily what a lot of women want. I mean unmarried. But I’m just saying, a life is good if it’s the life that you want.”

“I am living my life in a way that if tomorrow it ended — and I hope not because I have a kid — but if it did, this was the life that I really wanted to live,” she adds.

As the mother of two-year-old Jackson, whom she adopted in 2012 after splitting with actor Stuart Townsend, Theron says her romance with Penn started when she least expected.

“I wasn’t in any place that I even wanted something like [a boyfriend]. Then one day you go, ‘Oh, [Jackson’s] almost 2 now, and he has his little activities that he goes to and he’s got a bedtime now, and you have more time again.’ And it’s like if you are open to something, if you just let it happen, it will happen. When you least expect it,” she says. “It was nice to be single and now it’s nice to be not single.”

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