Charlize Theron Opens Up About Boyfriend Sean Penn in Vogue: ‘I Really Didn’t See It Coming’

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Charlize & Sean
The couple cuddles up at Pre-Oscar party.
Charlize Theron has a few things to say about Sean Penn.

Unlike recent interviews, the South African beauty plays it straight in the new issue of Vogue.

“Look, we’re dating, and I don’t think we were trying to hide anything. We were photographed; the relationship was kind of written about,” Theron says in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.

She adds, “What I will say is, I was single for a really long time. I was enjoying mommyhood. You just naturally become kind of selfish about your time, and all of it is dedicated to this little thing, whether he needs it or not. And then they get into more of a schedule and you start to think, Wow, wait a second. There’s this passionate creature in me. And going about dating in your late 30s is such a different ball game. I know so well what I want to fit in my life. And the simple answer to that is: Unless he can make my life better? My life is pretty f**king good.”

Theron dated Irish actor Stuart Townsend for nine years before splitting up in 2010. The 38-year-old actress adopted her adorable sonJackson in 2012.

“We had different ideas of what a family looked like,” she said of her relationship with Townsend. “There’s no judgment; that was not the reason why we broke up, but when we did, adopting was not a last resort for me — it was almost like a first resort. And its’ the only thing in my life that’s surpassed how great I thought it would be.”

But let’s get back to Mr. Penn.

According to Theron,

“What I guess I am trying to say is: A friend kind of stepped into that role, and I really didn’t see it coming. Sean and I have known each other for eighteen years. We were just really good friends. And it’s been slow going because you are aware that you could screw that up and lose it. We had to think about it. But at the end of the day, it was somewhat effortless. It just kind of naturally happened, and before I knew it, I was in something that was making my life better — the people who really love me can see the effect it has had on me.”

Theron can next be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters May 30.

The June 2014 issue of Vogue hits newsstands next week.

Launch the gallery, above, for more photos of Theron in Vogue.