Has Sean Penn moved on from his split with Charlize Theron? Sources say it’s a possibility after Sean was spotted in an intimate celebration with actress Minka Kelly.
Photos surfaced Tuesday of Penn, in an intimately lit room, celebrating Minka Kelly’s 35th birthday with the starlet and three other friends at the swanky Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry, only two weeks after Sean split from his ex, reports the New York Daily News. Penn reportedly picked up the pricey check, and treated Minka to a cupcake, complete with a candle.
A source told TMZ that Sean told the rest of the table he met Kelly during a Haiti charity event. Sean Penn and Minka Kelly feasted on a chicken (feet still attached), truffle macaroni and cheese, and cake. Kelly was serenaded at the right time with “Happy Birthday,” sung by Sean and the other party goers, reports TMZ.
On her birthday, Minka Kelly posted a selfie to her Instagram account, featuring her posing with the birthday cupcake during the dinner. But some sources say Penn was conveniently cropped out. Minka herself is staying mum on the topic of whether she’s dating Sean, but after the celebratory dinner, Kelly captioned a photo on Instagram, “Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start.”
Penn recently split from his longtime girlfriend, Charlize Theron, who reportedly ended their relationship. Sean must be devastated, since according to the New York Daily News, in a January interview with Esquire magazine, he seemed to be in the relationship permanently.
“I’m self-proclaimed bad at mathematics but I can do two plus two: 53 years old plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven’t been happy in a single relationship?… It could seem too late.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Minka Kelly has dated some pretty famous men before her rumored hook up with Sean. She’s been seen on the arm of Yankee captain Derek Jeter, actor Chris Evans, and John Mayer. Seems the actress has now moved on with Penn, says one source.
“That was their first date, but it was a group setting. It was more of a ‘let’s see how this goes.’ Minka and Sean got along great and had a great time, but it’s unclear where it’s going.”
Sources say Minka Kelly enjoyed her bash with Sean Penn and her friends, posting “Definitely a night to remember, and perhaps repeat annually! We danced all night, we were dripping in sweat, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m a very lucky girl. Nurture your friendships. We’re nothing without them. Thank you for the happiest birthday!! #ohwhatanight” reports the Daily Mail.
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