Sean Penn, who was once married to Madonna and "Princess Bride" actress Robin Wright, says he has never felt loved by anyone in a romantic way.
The 52-year-old actor made his comments to Esquire in an interview published in the magazine's January 2013 issue. He did not name his ex-wives by name. Penn and Madonna, 54, ended their four-year marriage in 1989. Penn and Wright, 46, separated in 2007 after 11 years of marriage and finalized their divorce in 2010. They have two children.
"There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don't feel I've ever had that," Penn told Esquire. "I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly."
"When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, What the [expletive] was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way? Which is a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense. It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me," he added.
In early 2011, Penn was romantically linked to Scarlett Johansson, now 28, after the two were photographed in public together. They kept mum about the matter but months after their reported breakup later that year, the actress opened up about it in an interview with Vogue magazine.
"We spent time together, yeah ... I never put a title on it, really, but we were seeing each other," she said, adding that the two remained friends.
Penn, an Oscar winner, is known for his roles in movies such as "Mystic River," "Milk" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." He is currently promoting the film "Gangster Squad," which depicts the Los Angeles police department's fight against the East Coast Mafia in the 1940s and 1950s and also stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The movie hits theaters on Jan. 11, 2013.
Penn is also known for his activism and charity work to help survivors of the 2010 earthquake that killed, injured or displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti.
The Associated Press quoted him as telling Esquire in the print edition of his interview that currently, life in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, was similar to that in Detroit, adding: "It's not more dangerous, it's not less dangerous."
The January 2013 issue of Esquire will hit newsstands on December 18.