A week and a half ago, many of us were startled to hear that a new couple had been formed. Sean Penn, 52, was actively pursuing Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine. Besides the fact that many of us are Flo fans and we don’t want to see her tainted with Sean Penn’s raging douche, there was another shock: Florence is only 26 years old!!! She is exactly half Sean’s age. And no one even believes that she’s that young anyway. So, I kind of hoped that the story about Sean and Florence was a one-off, something that would be eventually disproven when Sean went on some kind of cigarette, booze and supermodel bender. But the rumor is sticking around, and it still sounds like Sean is pursing her:
Sean Penn has fallen hard for a red-headed rock star half his age! Penn, 52, and Florence Welch, 26, have been making sweet music together since meeting in late October, a source tells The Enquirer.
“Sean is completely smitten with Florence and she thinks he’s absolutely charming and fascinating,” said the course. “They met at an event in LA and sparks flew right away. Florence may be half his age, but he was relentless in his pursuit and followed her around the whole night.”
Florence is newly single after splitting from her events coordinator boyfriend James Nesbitt. According to sources, Sean and Florence have been burning up their cell phone batteries since meeting on October 27.
“Sean loves fiery, young, beautiful women, and there’s something about Florence that has him captivated. He says that she’s not only gorgeous, but it’s her personality that really knocked him out. He determined to make something of this.”
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
I think that Sean likes powerful personalities in theory. Like, he likes a woman who will argue with him and who he can actually have a conversation with, but that will only give him hell a few times, you know? Thus, his default is “pretty and vapid”. And young, of course. If Florence is actually 26 (?), then I feel like she will end up getting her heart broken by Sean. He does seem to have that douche intensity that some women fall for… it’s powerful stuff. Ugh. Poor Flo.
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