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Sean Penn and Leila George divorce: Marriage lasted just 15 months

29-year-old Australian-American actress filed the divorce papers in a Los Angeles County superior court on October 15
UPDATED OCT 16, 2021
Sean Penn's wife Leila George files for divorce from the actor after 15 months of marriage (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Sean Penn's wife Leila George files for divorce from the actor after 15 months of marriage (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

They say third time's the charm but it seems like it's not holding true for Sean Penn, especially in terms of his marriages. His third wife, Australian-American actress Leila George has filed for divorce from the Oscar-winning actor after 15 months of being married to him. The couple got married in July 2020 after dating for four years. She filed the documents on October 15 in a Los Angeles County superior court, according to TMZ. 

Penn was married to Madonna between 1985 to 1989. The singer met Penn on the sets of 'Material Girl' for the first time and it was love at first sight for both of them. Six months later, Penn married Madonna on her 27th birthday. The couple's marriage was rife with accusations of infidelity, domestic violence, and other issues which finally led to their divorce. Penn then met Robin Wright on the set of 'State of Grace' and fell in love but they broke up in 1995 but shortly after reconciled in 1996 and decided to get married. Wright filed for divorce in 2007 but it was retracted later only for the cracks in their relationship to reappear in 2009. Penn filed for divorce this time, retracted it, then Wright filed for it for the final time in 2010. 


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Why is Sean Penn's wife Leila George divorcing him?

Sean Penn and Leila George married via a civil ceremony in Zoom. Later, in an appearance in 'Later Night with Seth Meyers', Penn said, "We did a COVID wedding. By that, I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house with my two children and her brother, and we did it that way." It's not yet clear as to what led to George filing for divorce from Penn but the couple had spent the past two months away from each other as the latter was busy promoting 'Flag Day' with his 30-year-old daughter Dylan. On October 13, Penn was spotted at dinner alone sans his wedding band. 

Penn and George's relationship had their own ups and downs before they planned to tie the knot. "They got together and then they broke up, and Sean won her back. He realized he made a mistake and when he felt he might lose her, he worked hard to get her back," an insider said. "They got back together during Covid and became really close and got engaged a few months ago, early during quarantine," a source said to People in August 2020.