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For Sean Penn, the third time actually isn’t a charm — it’s the first time that counts… when it comes to marriage, that is.

Confused? You’re not the only one. Let’s back it up and give you some insight, shall we?

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A couple years ago, Penn gave an interview to Esquire magazine in which he spoke about his struggle to come to terms with the end of his marriage to second wife Robin Wright. Or was it his marriage to Madonna? Whatever the case, according to Sean, marriage was a big old farce.

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“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 actor said at the time. “I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly.”

He went on to say, “When you get divorced, all the truths come out, you sit there and go, ‘What the f*ck 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.”

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Granted, he might not have been referring to Robin but rather his first marriage to Madonna. But considering the timing of it all, we have to give it to Wright. Because Penn just gave another interview to Esquire (this time, the UK version) and is fine pretending that those women were never part of his life and the be-all-and-end-all of anything and everything about him is his current lady, Charlize Theron.

“You say I’ve been married twice before but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today, so I wouldn’t even consider a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition.”

Poor Sean. Poor, innocent, misinformed Sean. His two ex-goblins completely hoodwinked him into marriage and they forced him to stick around for a combined 18 years of his life (though he admits that he’s on good terms with Madge; Robin, not so much). Now Penn’s ready for a real marriage with Theron — but what happens if that one ends? Will he give her the same kind of respect he’s giving Madonna and Wright? It’s one thing to talk about experiences and things learned throughout previous relationships but it’s a completely different, disgusting story to insult your exes because you’re head over heels for someone new. And what about the two children he shares with Wright? Well done, Sean, way to disrespect your history and your kids by saying these vile things.

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Wright might be having the last laugh, though. Because while she recently reunited with fiancé Ben Foster, the reason Charlize split with her last boyfriend was because she wasn’t into marriage. So even if Sean is ready for his third “first” marriage, his girlfriend might not be. Poor, poor Sean. Maybe one day he’ll get it.

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Will he though?