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Sean Penn says ex-wife is 'a ghost to me now'

Actress Robin Wright Penn and actor-director Sean Penn last year in August announced that they were heading for splitsville after 13 years of marriage.

Hollywood movie star Sean Penn hasn’t kept in touch with his former wife Robin Wright since they filed for divorce last year. Now, the screen legend has declared that Wright is a ‘ghost’ for him now.

Actress Robin Wright Penn and actor-director Sean Penn last year in August announced that they were heading for splitsville after 13 years of marriage.

The 43-year-old "Message in a Bottle" actress and the 49-year-old “Milk” star started dating in 1989, and married in 1996. The couple, who have two children--son Hopper Jack, 16, and daughter Dylan, 19, finally divorced in August, 2009.

Ex wife a ghost for Penn
The two-time Academy Award winning actor recently sat with author-historian Douglas Brinkley for an interview for Vanity Fair's July issue, on the nation's newsstands next Tuesday, where he discussed several topics, including his ex-wife, the goals in his personal life and his young son.

During the interview, Penn told Brinkley he is completely out of touch with his ex-wife Robin Wright since they filed for divorce last year, according to People.

“She is a ghost to me now. We spent all those years together.... Now she's just gone,” the Mystic River and Milk Best Actor Oscar winner told VF.

During the interview, Penn told Brinkley he is completely out of touch with his ex-wife Robin Wright since they filed for divorce last year, according to People.

After their divorce, the former couple’s $15 million northern California home was sold, and Penn now lives in Malibu near his mom, 81-year-old actress Eileen Ryan.

Talking to historian Brinkley, Penn said his split has helped him become more of an activist and humanitarian, adding that his personal life now revolves around issues that concern him, such as helping out in Haiti after last January's devastating 7.0 earthquake and aiding the victims in other fragile, embattled parts of the world.

“I wanted to give back something more to help struggling people, but I didn’t know how best to do it,” Penn told Brinkley.

“I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn't have time to commit to anything - for real - in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I'm single. I can lend a hand,” he said.

Penn is there for Haiti
Penn, the co-founder of the relief organization J/P HRO, with L.A.-based, Sarajevo-born philanthropist Diana Jenkins, insists he will remain in Haiti for the long haul.

“There is no exit for me until there is more life than death,” Penn says. “I can always see light in any situation. It’s just the way I’m made. I’m capable of making foolish commitments. Of being a fool. But I can see the light very clearly in terms of the ‘big picture’ for Haiti.”

Added Penn: “There is a strength of character in the people who have, by and large, never experienced comfort. That’s exactly the character that our Main Street culture lacks and needs in the United States. In other words, we need Haiti.”

On son's brush with death
The actor’s teenage son, Hopper, who was named after the recently deceased actor Dennis Hopper, sustained a life-threatening head injury as a result of a skateboarding accident earlier this year. The actor stayed with Hopper in the hospital in order to be there for him and pray for his well being.

For Penn, his son’s accident was “life-altering.”

"He underwent risky surgery due to intense bleeding of the brain," Penn told VF, "and he pulled through."