Sean Penn: Robin Wright Is 'a Ghost to Me'

Actor and humanitarian Sean Penn has been devoting himself to relief efforts in Haiti since the devastating earthquake which ravaged the country earlier this year. Now, the Oscar-winning actor (Milk, Mystic River) is opening up to Vanity Fair about his time in Haiti, his son Hopper's near-fatal skateboarding accident and his relationship with ex-wife Robin Wright.

Penn, 49, and Wright, 44, split in late 2007 after 11 years of marriage. They reconciled briefly in 2008, but she ultimately decided to move forward with their divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." 

According to The Huffington Post, Penn -- who began dating Wright in 1989 -- explains to Vanity Fair, "She is a ghost to me now. We spent all those years together.... Now she's just gone." 

The divorced couple have two children together, daughter Dylan Frances, 19, and Hopper, 16. The two banded together when Hopper sustained a dangerous head injury from a skateboarding accident. The magazine (on newsstands June 8) reports both parents stayed and prayed together in the hospital. "He underwent risky surgery due to intense bleeding of the brain," Penn explains, "and he pulled through."

Penn goes on to talk about how his newfound singlehood has allowed him to help out the struggling people of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "I wanted to give back something more to help struggling people, but I didn't know how to best do it. I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn't have time to commit to anything -- for real -- in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I'm single. I can lend a hand."

Plus:
- Sean Penn Ordered to Take Anger-Management Class

Do your exes feel like a 'ghost' to you? Chime in below!

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