Sean Penn admitted that he still loves his ex-wife Madonna ‘very much’.
The Oscar-winning actor was married to the Like a Virgin hitmaker for four years before their divorce in 1989, and he’ll always hold a special place in his heart for his first spouse.
During a segment titled ‘Sean Penn-y For Your Thoughts’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Gangster Squad star was asked who he prefers between the Queen of Pop and Britney Spears.
Love story: Sean Penn admitted that he still loves his ex-wife Madonna ‘very much’
Adore: The Oscar-winning actor said he’ll always hold a special place in his heart for his first spouse, as they are pictured together at a gala back in January 2016
Penn answered: ‘Ah, I love my first wife very much.
‘There’s no [comparison]… you don’t compare those things.’
The host replied: ‘People compare them all the time! So, you’re going to go with Madonna?’
And Sean – who was engaged to actress Charlize Theron before parting ways in 2016 – smiled: ‘Sure!’
Fun times: He participated in a segment titled ‘Sean Penn-y For Your Thoughts’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Tough call: The Gangster Squad star was asked who he prefers between the Queen of Pop and Britney Spears
Madonna and Penn were married for four years from 1985 to 1989.
The feeling seems to be mutual as in 2016, Madonna herself confessed she was ‘still in love’ with the I Am Sam actor, whilst offering to remarry him if he paid up $150,000 (£117,700) to her charity.
Speaking to her ex on stage at her fundraiser in Malawi, the 59-year-old star said: ‘I’m still in love with you. Yes. In fact, I think I love you more now that we’re divorced.’
Back in the day: Madonna and Penn were married for four years from 1985 to 1989, as they are pictured together in New York back in August 1986
The Holiday singer also professed her love for the actor at another benefit gala the same year.
She said: ‘I want to say, Sean, that I love you from the moment that I laid eyes on you and I still love you just the same. I just wish you’d stop smoking so many cigarettes.’
Sean was also married to House of Cards star Robin Wright, the mother of his two children, Dylan, 26, and 24-year-old Hopper, from 1996 to 2010.
Former flame: Sean and Madonna pictured at the World Heavyweight Championship Boxing Match: Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks on June 27, 1988 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Whilst Madonna was with director Guy Ritchie – with whom she has sons Rocco, 17, and David, 12 – from 2000 to 2008.
Meanwhile, The Mystic River star recently admitted he is still open to finding love again in the future.
He said: ‘I’m never going to take a position that I’m closed off to love. People falling in love with each other is a great, great thing.’
Moving forward: The former married couple pictured together in New York City back in September 2013