Dec 13, 2012 06:30 AM
Sean Penn's been divorced from ex-wife Robin Wright for almost three years now, but it seems as if time hasn't healed all wounds for the two-time Oscar winner.
"There is no shame in 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," the 52-year-old Gangster Squad actor shared in the latest issue of Esquire. "I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly."
Penn was married to Wright from 1996 to 2010 but claimed to have learned the truth about their marriage after it was over.
"When you get divorced, all the truths come out, you sit there and go, 'What the f--- 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," he added. "It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me."
Despite his bleak feelings through that period, which included his son Hopper's skateboarding accident, Penn said that his actions in Haiti helped put things in perspective.
"The road started with the most obvious kind of trauma -- my son's head -- and then to get to a place that had been just so devastated and traumatized, and then to see that in fact most of the trauma actually predated the earthquake," the co-founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization said. "You had a country that had never experienced anything that related to comfort, and out of that you had great trauma -- but also this great strength that, I think, we all benefited from."