Sean Penn Adopting Charlize Theron’s Son?
Sean Penn has not filed papers to adopt Charlize Theron’s son, at least at this time, despite reports. According to People, speculation that the actor has started the process to formally adopt Theron’s 3-year-old son Jackson is premature, even though Jackson already treats Penn as though he’s his father.
As Gossip Cop reported, Theron herself adopted Jackson in 2012 when he was a few months old. The couple’s reps have not commented on the Penn adoption speculation. There has also been unconfirmed buzz that the couple plans to marry. Theron has been spotted wearing a diamond ring on several occasions, fueling speculation that she and Penn are engaged. Sources debunked the rumors last summer, but they recently heated up again.
In November, Penn and Theron were accused of wrongly mistreating Jackson during a hike, after a woman called police saying she saw the toddler screaming, and assumed the stars had done something wrong. It was ultimately determined by the cops that nothing unpleasant or criminal had taken place, and Jackson was just having a standard tantrum.
Theron, who accompanied Penn earlier this month to his “Help Haiti Home” gala, broke her silence on their relationship in a Vogue cover story last spring, and reflected on stepping back into the dating pool. “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,” Gossip Cop reported she told the magazine. “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.”
The Oscar winner confessed, however, that she didn’t see the romance with Penn coming, explaining, “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,” said Theron. “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, who made clear she wanted a “long-term relationship” even if marriage wasn’t necessarily in the cards, also spoke highly of Jackson in the interview, as well as her decision to adopt. “Adopting was not a last resort for me — it was almost like a first resort,” she told Vogue. “And it’s the only thing in my life that’s surpassed how great I thought it would be.” Now it seems Penn is on his way to experiencing it, too. The Oscar-winning actor, whom Jackson reportedly calls “daddy” already, is also father to daughter Dylan, 23, and son Hopper, 21, from his marriage to Robin Wright.