Sean Penn, Minka Kelly Enjoy Date After Charlize Theron Gives Her Ex The ‘Ghosting’ Treatment

Sean Penn is reportedly dating Minka Kelly, but he only moved on from former fiancee Charlize Theron after experiencing a spooky-sounding dating phenomenon that has been dubbed “ghosting.”

And no, Sean Penn isn’t being haunted by the ghosts of girlfriends past while he’s trying to woo Minka Kelly. According to Vox, ghosting is the exact opposite of what it sounds like. Instead of shadowing Penn like a jealous evil spirit out for revenge, Charlize Theron is completely ignoring him. Us Weekly reports that Penn decided to move on with Minka after Charlize stopped responding to his calls and texts.

“She just cut it off,” a source revealed.

This confusing way of ending a relationship by simply fading away is reportedly catching on. Instead of giving someone the old “It’s not you, it’s me” speech, breakup instigators are letting their lovers know that it’s over by giving them the cold shoulder. It’s one of the only breakup methods that’s actually worse than breakup by text.

“The cutoff just happens, and the person being ghosted is often left wondering, haunted by uncertainty and sending text messages into the ether in hopes of getting a response.”

It might be hard for you to feel sorry for Sean Penn, a guy whose lengthy list of lovely exes also includes Scarlett Johansson and Robin Wright, but maybe now you’ll be a little more understanding about why he tried to move on from Charlize Theron so soon after their silent split — spending time with a lovely lady like Minka Kelly is the perfect way to get revenge on a rude ghoster.

Charlize Theron gave Sean Penn the "ghosting" treatment (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Sean Penn helped Minka Kelly celebrate her 35th birthday just one week after Charlize Theron ghosted him out of her life. The lovebirds enjoyed dinner together at the swanky French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, and Penn presented the new object of his affection with a special birthday cupcake. They were joined by a few of Minka’s pals.

This odd couple reportedly met at a benefit for Penn’s Haiti relief organization, and Us Weekly claims that Minka’s intimate birthday party was their first date.

“Minka and Sean got along great and had a great time, but it’s unclear where it’s going,” a source revealed.

A different source told People that there’s no chance that Sean Penn and Minka Kelly will start dating.

“Sean and Minka have been friends for a long time,” the second source said of Penn’s presence at Kelly’s birthday party. “It was just a group of friends out to dinner and purely platonic.”

Sean Penn and Minka Kelly haven’t responded to the dating rumors, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see if Minka really is Sean’s ghostbuster.

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