“Look, we’re dating, and I don’t think we’re trying to hide anything,” she told Vogue. “We were photographed; the relationship was kind of written about. I recently did a daylong press junket, which I hadn’t done in forever, and it’s a harsh reminder that whatever people try to hide a press junket behind, it’s really a roundabout way of getting as much private s–t as they can. It was all about what I like to eat and avoiding questions about Sean or my son.”
Charlize adopted a son, Jackson, in 2012. Before that, her last relationship was with Stuart Townsend, but they separated in 2010. “What I will say is this — I was single for a really long time,” she admitted. “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. And then they get into more of a schedule and you start to think, ‘Wow, wait a second.’ Theres this passionate creature in me. And going about dating in your late 30s is a different ball game. I know so well what I want to fit in my life. And the simple answer to that is: Unless he can make my life better? My life is really pretty f—ing good.”
She’s clearly found that person in Sean, but added that she didn’t expect the relationship to happen. “I really didn’t see it coming,” she said. “Sean and I have known each other for eighteen years. We were just really good friends. And it’s been going slow 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. 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 really see the effect it has had on me.”
Still, even though the 38-year-old clearly considers her beau someone who makes her life better, it doesn’t mean she’ll be walking down the aisle anytime soon. “I really do understand the importance and what the ceremony represents to so many people, but it’s just such a personal thing,” she explained. “Let’s put it this way — I never had the dream of the white dress. And watching other people getting married? I think it’s beautiful for them, but to be quite honest, usually I’m just sitting there devastated. It’s supposed to be a night celebrating love and all you see is a couple separated all night long make sure everyone else is okay. It just looks like a lot of work.”
Charlize and Sean’s romance went public after a holiday vacation at the end of 2013.