Is marriage in Susan Sarandon's future?
The Academy Award-winning actress, whose 12-year marriage to Chris Sarandon was followed by a two-decade relationship with Tim Robbins, told Britain's The Telegraph on Tuesday that she "really can't imagine" marrying again.
"Even when I got married, we never said it was going to be forever," said Sarandon, who married Chris Sarandon, her college sweetheart, in 1968, when she was 20. "It was a kind of practical decision. I don’t think I ever thought of it as something that would be a huge deal. But every year we renewed. We decided not with an actual ceremony, but just said ‘should we go through the next year? Actually, I think it’s a good relationship strategy. We should revisit this before we have children to see if everybody is still on the same page.”
But when it came to her relationship with Robbins, the father of her sons, Jack Henry, 22, and Miles, 19, Sarandon said the habit of "renewing" wasn't necessary.
"I felt married, I felt committed," the the 65-year-old actress told the paper. “If you have children, they are never out of your life.”
It's not the first time Sarandon has offered her philosophy on marriage in the two and a half years since she split from Robbins. In an earlier interview with The Telegraph in October 2010, Sarandon weighed her decision to abstain from marriage. "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."
Sarandon and Robbins, who met on the set of 1988's "Bull Durham," aren't the only long-term Hollywood couple to have never said "I do." Click through the slideshow below to see other pairs 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."