%photo11% %photo1% When Susan Sarandon broke up with longtime partner Tim Robbins last year, fans of the couple collectively gasped. How could one of Hollywood's most enduring relationships fall apart?
After many months of singlehood, Sarandon is talking.
"People were coming up to me in the street and saying 'I cried and cried when I heard,'" the 63-year-old actress told UK paper The Telegraph. "Well, I was sadder! I didn't think it would ever happen, either."
Sarandon never married Robbins, the father of her sons Jack and Miles. The pair, who met on the set of the classic 1988 baseball rom-com "Bull Durham," announced their breakup last December.
"I thought that if you didn't get married you wouldn't take each other for granted as easily," she told the Telegraph. "I don't know if after twentysomething years that was still true."
After so many years together, she suggested they had reached their limit: "You bring people into your life at certain times. Maybe you have a relationship to have children and you realize that it's fulfilled after that point."
Sarandon, who also has a daughter (actress Eva Amurri, 25) from a prior relationship with director Franco Amurri, got married for the first and only time to actor Chris Sarandon when she was just 20 years old.
The Oscar-winning star and activist is now playing a victim of the financial crisis in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." She's also having fun as the owner of Spin, a popular new ping-pong club in Manhattan.
Sarandon laughs off the persistent rumors that she's dating her 33-year-old business partner, Jonathan Bricklin. "You have to have a sense of humor," she said in the Telegraph. "There are lots of people in my life at the moment."
Bricklin, who went into business with Sarandon after meeting her at a party in 2007, has also denied they are dating. Earlier this month, he kiboshed the tabloid reports, telling New York magazine: "No. No, no. But we spend a lot of time together -- a lot of time. I don't read the papers that often, but I walk by and I kind of scoff at whoever's there. So when the equivalent happened to me, I was just horrified. And then I got over it a day later. Business was notably better from the first article on."
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