Susan Sarandon revealed Wednesday that her 2009 split from Tim Robbins, her partner of 23 years, made her "feel like a failure."
"Of course you feel like a failure. It's a big deal, but again, it's an opportunity to grow," the 65-year-old actress told Reuters. "At the end of my first marriage [Sarandon was married to actor Chris Sarandon from 1968 to 1979], it was about the loss of ideal, about who you thought this person was. I thought love conquered all and I had to reevaluate everything. And you need your girlfriends, you need to take long, long walks until you're exhausted and no longer freaking out and you hold on until a new dawn. Then you get another chance."
Sarandon -- whose new comedy, "Jeff Who Lives at Home," opens on Friday -- also sized up what single life has been for her.
"It's been a lot of different things. It's traumatic and exhilarating," she said. "The one thing that's been really clear to me is that you have to think of your own life and your relationship and everything as a living organism. It's constantly moving, changing, growing. I think long-term relationships need to be constantly reevaluated and talked about."
It's not the first time the actress has opened up about her split from Robbins. In October 2010, Sarandon weighed her decision to abstain from marriage in an interview with The Telegraph. "I thought that if you didn't get married you wouldn't take each other for granted as easily," she said. "I don't know if after twenty-something years that was still true."
The former couple, who met on the set of 1988's "Bull Durham," have two sons together, Jack, 22, and Miles, 19.
Sarandon and Robbins may have been Hollywood's most famous never-married couple, but they certainly weren't the only duo to never say "I do." Click through the slideshow to see other long-term couples who never married... and ended up calling it quits after years together anyway.
Jessica Lange and actor-writer Sam Shepard met on the set of 1982's "Frances." The couple went on to spend nearly three decades together, raising two children, Hannah, 26, and Samuel, 24, all without ever saying "I do." The two remained similarly low-key with their breakup; reports of their split in December 2011 came two years after the couple had really called it quits in 2009, after 27 years together.
Zoe Saldana and entrepreneur Keith Britton announced their engagement after ten years together in June 2010. At the time, the actress told "Access Hollywood" that Britton was the only person who knew "the real Zoe." In November 2011, the actress' rep announced that the two had amicably separated. Despite their split, the pair remain business partners in the website My Fashion Data Base, a fashion industry credit site likened to IMDB.
Charlize Theron and Irish actor Stewart Townsend split in 2010 after nine years together. In 2007, Townsend told People magazine that the pair were "married," despite never officially tying the knot. "We love each other and we want to spend our lives together," he said in 2007. "I don't need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise. So no there's no big official story on a wedding, but we are married ... I consider her my wife and she considers me her husband." Theron recently compared their relationship to a marriage as well, telling Entertainment Weekly in November 2011 that "I was basically married for almost 10 years and it didn't work out."
Elizabeth Hurley famously stuck by longtime beau Hugh Grant in 1995, after the star was arrested and charged for indecent conduct with a prostitute. The couple eventually split in 2000 after 13 years together. Hurley, who's since married and divorced businessman Arun Nayar , now calls Hugh her "best friend" and asked him to be godfather to Damian, her 9-year-old son with ex Stephen Bing.
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon called it quits in 2009 after 23 years together. The couple, who met on the set of 1988's "Bull Durham," have two sons together, Jack, 23, and Miles, 20. In October 2010, Sarandon sized up her decision to never marry in an interview with The Telegraph. "I thought that if you didn't get married you wouldn't take each other for granted as easily," she said. "I don't know if after twenty-something years that was still true."