We’re still talking about Sean Penn and Minka Kelly because… it’s still bizarre to think about. And I’m still hypnotized by the mental image of the Ham-Face going beet red on top of her. As we discussed yesterday, it seems that Sean joined Minka and a few of her friends in Napa last week to celebrate her birthday. Sean paid for the group and he seemingly traveled a distance just to attend her party. Which led me to believe that they were doing it. Not so, says Us Weekly. Well, actually Us Weekly says that Minka’s birthday party was their first date. Um, what?
Movin’ on. Less than two weeks after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of Sean Penn and Charlize Theron’s split, the Gangster Squad actor, 54, has found another potential leading lady: Minka Kelly.
A source confirms to Us that Penn treated Kelly and a couple of friends to a “very pricey meal” at Thomas Keller’s elite eatery The French Laundry in Napa, Calif., for the Almost Human actress’ 35th birthday.
The insider says that Penn — whose famous exes include Theron, Scarlett Johansson, and ex-wives Madonna and Robin Wright — flew up to Napa with a pal on the night of June 23, and met Kelly and her girlfriend for dinner. The two apparently met at a benefit the actor threw for his Haiti relief organization J/P HRO.
“That was their first date, but it was a group setting,” the insider tells Us of the birthday feast at French Laundry. “It was more of a ‘let’s see how this goes.’”
It went well, according to the source. “Minka and Sean got along great and had a great time, but it’s unclear where it’s going,” the insider says.
An intimate birthday party as a first date? Flying to Napa for a first date? I’m not sure I’m buying that. Interestingly enough, People Magazine also has an “insider” with interesting insider information: “Sean and Minka have been friends for a long time. It was just a group of friends out to dinner and purely platonic.” O RLY? Or is that just the official line? Is this just a rebound fling? Is Sean trying to make Charlize jealous? Good luck with that! My opinion is the same as yesterday: the Ham-Face has been intimate with Minka. They wouldn’t be scrambling and lying like this if they weren’t hitting it.
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