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UPDATE (January 22, 2014):

Looks like Piers Morgan just let the cat out of the bag! The CNN host just confirmed that Sean Penn and Charlize Theron are an item — three weeks after they were first spotted on vacation together in Hawaii. In his Daily Mail blog post, Piers recounts attending the Help Haiti Home gala on January 11, where he spoke with both Charlize and Sean about their budding relationship.

"I walked over to Sean's table, where he was sitting with new girlfriend Charlize Theron," the journalist writes. "'I'm so glad you two have got together,' I said, 'Sean's a great guy.'" And her response? A big smile and an "I know,” Piers says.

As for Sean, he too was enthusiastic about his new lady. "At 2 a.m., Sean came over, and bear-hugged me," Piers details in the article. "'Congrats on a great night,' I said. 'And congrats on Charlize too.' He laughed. 'She's a keeper, that's for sure . . . well, I'll do my best to keep her anyway!'"

So there you have it! Couple confirmed. So will we see these two walk the red carpet together this awards season? Time will tell!

Original story (January 2, 2014):

Is Charlize Theron dating Sean Penn? It certainly looks like that could be the case! The two A-list actors were spotted vacationing together in Hawaii over the New Year’s holiday, and were even photographed exiting the same return flight in Los Angeles, albeit separately.

Sure, they could be just friends — flying on the same plane with someone is hardly concrete evidence — but we think there’s something more to this rumored pairing. They were also spotted together at Seth MacFarlane’s holiday party last month. Plus, they’d make such a great couple! Hear us out on this one…

For one thing, Charlize, 38, certainly fits Sean’s apparent physical type: blonde and gorgeous (not that that’s an unusual type to have). The 52-year-old Milk actor was married to golden-haired Robin Wright for 14 years, and in the 80s his blonde ambitions landed him in a tumultuous four-year marriage to Madonna.

On top of the fact that she’s obviously easy on the eyes, Charlize also seems to share Sean’s interests in global poverty outreach as well as some of his political views.

Furthermore, they both travel in similar Hollywood circles and each ended long-term relationships around the same time in 2010.

Despite their 15-year age difference, Charlize and Sean have a lot in common.  If they’re not dating, they should certainly consider it!

What do you think — two friends enjoying some platonic fun in the sun, or is theirs a budding new romance?

Source: Extra