Sean Penn pursuing 26-year-old Florence Welch after meeting her in October

This is just an FYI: sources are currently claiming that Sean Penn might have found a new girlfriend. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be breaking news or anything, because the man goes through 20-something models like I go through tissues. But the catch this time is that his new girl might not be the typical 20-something model. Allegedly, he’s romancing Florence Welch and Florence + the Machine. NOOOOOooooo. I love her! She’s too good for him! There is photo evidence that Sean and Flo met several weeks ago at that LACMA event, and they look rather flirty too. So is it on? Ugh.

Florence Welch is the latest younger woman to have caught the eye of actor Sean Penn. The Florence And The Machine star met him at the Gucci Art charity event in Los Angeles two weeks ago and they hit it off instantly.

Now sources say that 52-year-old Penn has asked to meet up with her again.

‘Sean was flirting with her all evening and they got along like a house on fire,’ said an insider.

Florence, 26, split from her events organiser boyfriend James Nesbitt, 29, in September. Meanwhile Penn parted ways with Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson last year.

[From The Mail]

Back in May, there were also significant rumors that he was back on with his ex Petra Nemcova. I always thought that she just kind of followed him around and did whatever he wanted when they were dating, and that’s what he likes. You know? That’s why he dates 20-something models – he can’t handle being with a woman who has her own stuff going on, and he doesn’t want to be part of a relationship of equals. So why would a badass like Florence Welch – who is only 26 years, surprisingly (doesn’t she seem older?) – want to have anything to do with Sean? Ugh.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Sandy says:

    Poor thing, she looks about 40! Yikes…

  2. laura says:

    It is hard to believe she is 26…maybe in Chelsea Handler years..

    • Me Too says:

      I have to say I find it sad and ironic that all the comments to this point are about Florence and how she looks older than 26 and OMG she looks old and “I still get carded and am her age and she’s not 26.”

      Really people! What about the schmuck guy–Sean Penn is a womanizer, jerk and looks in his 60′s and yet every woman on this thread thus far is dumping on Florence, He’s a sexist pig. He preys on younger women and yet, all we can do is dump on the girls he’s going after?

      • islandwalker says:

        I completely agree with you but you are fighting a losing battle. If 20 something women look like actual mature women, then they must be lying about their ages because they don’t look like teenage over-exposed bimbo’s.

        The comments should be about the creepy, older, abusive male. I feel your pain.

    • Dalstongirl says:

      No she is really 26. She went to the same fee paying private school as my friend’s son, in south London. By all accounts she wore colourful clothes back then. He is a year younger than Florence. But she does look so much older.

  3. alons-y alonso says:

    Noooooo! Don’t do it Florence!!!!!!

  4. Rose says:

    There’s no way she’s 26, i think that’s her ‘band age’. She’s probably nearer to her ex’s age: 29 and over

    • Me Too says:

      OMG you’re joking right? You really think 3 years difference–26 versus 29–is that different? How old are you? Sorry but this thread is driving me crazy! Every comment on this thread is about poor Florence–how she looks older than 26. What about the jerk hitting on her? And please…3 years difference in your 20′s is not going to make a difference.

  5. Bowers says:

    I wonder if he’s as ass-holey as he appears.

  6. Lizzie K says:

    Sean Penn is just gross. I don’t get the attraction AT ALL. He’s just nasty-looking, and he acts like a total a-hole.

  7. Melly Bee says:

    I always thought that she was a transgendered person. I don’t mean that disrespectfully. I had heard that somewhere and always thought that was quite brilliant. I doubt that it is true, but our good ol’ boy Sean wouldn’t take that well, would he?

  8. pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    Wow, first of all, cannot believe she is only 26, she looks about 40, and I’m not even trying to be rude, I’ve loved her music for about three years but I always just assumed she was in her late 30s, damn!

    And lol wow, Sean Penn, if this is true, then I am so disappointed, and the pairing makes no sense to me, I don’t understand what kind of attraction could possibly exist between them but whatevs, their business I guess.

  9. Aubra says:

    I’m not here for nothing, but to say that you can watch a double feature on that forehead of his…

  10. lafairy says:

    26??? in dog years?? that’s the only explanation for looking over 40 and officially admitting a silly unbelievable 26.

  11. Ellie66 says:

    Damn Sean looks skeevy especially with that porny mustache. Florence is a mature looking woman she reminds me of a young Maggie Smith or a feminine Tilda Swinton (love her she so weird). You know he is a big ol drama queen so she needs to run away! Go Flo!

  12. scotchy says:

    she is most certainly not 26, my boyfriend worked on her crew a while back and she was 36, so she would be around 38 now…..the entertainment world is ridiculous!!

  13. Erin says:

    I’m sure she’s lying about her age. I’m in the same music area as her, and am a very young looking 31. I would shave 5-7 years off my bio in a second were I be getting close to get to that point in public interest, because people are simply more interested in a young ingenue.

  14. INeedANap says:

    There’s no way she is 26. She does have a more “handsome” than “pretty” face, but that doesn’t explain it. (And I don’t mean that as an insult — I am talking handsome like Tilda Swinton or Angelica Huston, both very striking and attractive women.) Frankly, I don’t see why she has to lie, she is a talented and respected artist. There’s no reason at this point to lie, unless she isn’t and then I’ll appropriately feel like an a$$.

    • Me Too says:

      How do you know she’s lying? First, some people look older. Second, her styling has a lot to do with it. She wears dress styles from the 70′s because she likes that style and, while it’s not my thing, more power to her because she’s not feeding into the machine that everyone else in the music world (except Adele) feeds into–the talent means shit concept…girl singers have to basically wear almost nothing, and do those stupid Facebook fish lip poses on every magazine they appear on.

      Said it before but I find it disgusting that instead of commenting on Sean Penn and how frankly disgusting he’s become, or, if talking about appearance is your thing, the fact HE looks older, almost every woman on this thread is going after Florence!.

  15. Adrien says:

    She’s friends with Blake Lively, who looks older than 25. Florence is indeed 26 (Adele, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Li’l Mama, Azelia Banks all looked older than their actual ages). Also, Florence’s talent is lightyears ahead of her contemporaries. We are so used to seeing 20 something popstars who act and look like they’re still 12.

    • scotchy says:

      she is not 26 she is older, a lot of musical artists once they start getting fame lower their ages, men and woman alike.
      im not trying to insult you but doesn’t it seem a little silly that your rational for insisting she is 26 is because she is friends with Blake Lively?

      • Me Too says:

        And I’m not trying to insult you but your rational–all women artists lie about their age–doesn’t make sense either. How do you know how old the woman is? And, with the gotcha aspect of the celeb press, does anyone really believe she could get away with shaving 10-15 years off her age?

        And, based on this thread, would you blame her if she tried? Seems like all anyone cares about is her age. As someone else pointed out, maybe you are just so used to “artists” like Brit or Rihanna or Gaga who don’t act their age and who, because they can’t really sing, dress “down” to appeal to their base.

  16. Alexa says:

    Sean is assuming that since Florence is from another country that she’s (hopefully) acquainted with an entirely different culture set and, therefore, not ONTO HIM. He knows he has a better chance of his “charms” working on someone like her.

  17. aenflex says:

    I love her. My god she is the best…

  18. valleymiss says:

    Gah! I hate Sean Penn! I just went to see the new James Bond movie, and there’s a preview for “Gangster Squad” with Sean and Gosling. Now, Sean is wearing prosthetics on his face to look like this gangster Mickey Cohen…but I swear, he looks like he belongs in a comic. He looks bizarre. I really can’t stand him.

  19. Barbara says:

    Could just be sex…..there were a few in my past that were just that and nothing more.

  20. KellyinSeattle says:

    He reminds me of Inspector Cleuseau (sp?) from the Pink Panther with that mustache.

  21. vampire says:

    It goes to show that English women do not age very well!!!

    • Happy21 says:

      I’m sorry but that is a harsh statement. English women don’t age well. Nice.

    • taxi says:

      So untrue! Flo has very strong facial features that probably never looked “young” even when she was a child. She won’t look much different 20 years from now as long her weight stays approximately the same.

      • mercy says:

        So true! I find it sad that strong features which used to be considered high fashion or movie star glam are now considered “old” or “mannish” looking. It feels like the media has promoted generic baby faces for so long as the ideal of female beaty that anything different is not accepted as pretty or feminine. Strong features tend to age better than softer faces, so maybe Flo and women like her will have the last laugh. She has great skin and her face isn’t frozen or puffy like the botox and filler abusers.

      • Me Too says:

        Taxi, thank you! Really can’t believe the fixation everyone seems to have with HER age while no one is saying a thing about him. Good God ladies, why all the hate towards a woman who instead of selling sex is actually selling her music the right way–she can actually sing!

    • mercy says:

      I’m looking at these pictures thinking Sean Penn looks like hell, older than his years, but it never occurred to make a blanket statement about American men.

  22. Chloeeee says:

    One thing is being over looked. the supremacy of that f****** dress!!!!

  23. mercy says:

    Sean Penn looking all raggedy, Flo looking beautiful and we’re focusing on her age. Okay then.

    Florence looks great and she’s not that secretive. She has talked quite a bit about her family and boyfriends, and has been photographed with them over the years. If she is older than she says it seems like it would be fairly easy to find out through school or other public records. Even Jess Chastain, who has been around awhile and has always been extremely private, wasn’t able to keep her real age a secret for long once she got famous.

  24. valleymiss says:

    I think Florence will age like Sigourney Weaver has (as in, very well). The person who said upthread that ppl with sharp features tend to age better, and I think that will be. True in Florence’s case.

  25. Ms Kay says:

    Nah she ain’t 26, another ridiculous thing from her PR crew. Remember Duffy? Such a good singer and bam the lying about her age totalled her career…

    Beyonce is untouchable, but I highly doubt she’s only 31, probably 4 years older.

    Same for Agyness Deyn.. Anyway now she’s a CO$ head so never mind from bad to worse…

    Seriously the entertainment world is ridiculous!

    As for the pairing… Florence you could do so much better! LE sigh…

  26. Kosmos says:

    Ick, Sean Penn, would not EVER go for it. He has that nasty temper, too, so no one can stay with him for long. Loved his talented and beautiful former wife, Robin Wright Penn, but can’t understand how she withstood him for all those years.

  27. TMB says:

    Who cares how old she is, she is beautiful and her music is amazing.

  28. Ah says:

    Supposedly she started drinking heavily and frequently at 14, which could explain why she appears so much older? But I agree with other commenters that she really looks better in motion!

  29. Kristin says:

    I had a friend in high school with similar features to Florence. At 18 she looked 30. At 30 she looked 30. And goddamn her, at 48 she still looks 30!

  30. Christa says:

    LOVE Flo & the machine. Such an amazing voice. I will say though, I always found her to be quite unattractive. She looks very manly to me. Not a pretty girl IMO, but her voice is like an angel so it’s almost as though I never notice her physical features.

  31. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Concerning Florence looking older than her age, maybe this is just the curse of pale women, Emma Stone is 24 and looks a lot older than her age, too.
    I´m only one day younger than Emma and I smoke since I´ve been 18, but even now I never have 3 deep lines in my forehead when I move it upwards(only a light one) opposite to her in crazy, Stupid, Love, which was shot when she was 21.