Sean Penn responds to reports he is engaged to Charlize Theron

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Some big names turned out to show their support for Sean Penn's fourth annual Help Haiti Home Gala in LA, including his actress girlfriend Charlize Theron. The Hollywood couple walked the red carpet hand-in-hand as they arrived for the star-studded event - but Sean tried to remain coy when he was quizzed about their romance.

The actor was asked by Extra's Jerry Penacoli whether it was true he had proposed to Charlize over the holidays. "I can't even say things out loud," Sean replied. "I just hate looking at people on television talking about their relationships."


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Sean Penn and Charlize Theron at the Help Haiti Home Gala


Jerry then commented on how happy the star looked. Smiling, the 54-year-old said, "I can't imagine why!

"She and I have been very, very long-time friends. We hit a speed bump and must have lost our minds, so here we are," he said.

Sean and Charlize made their first public appearance together as a couple at his Haiti gala last year.


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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn at their table with Bill Clinton and Ben Stiller


Guests at this year's event included Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, President Bill Clinton, new parents Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis and Chris Martin, who gave a solo performance on the night.

"Thankfully the rest of the band won't see what I'm wrecking," the singer laughed, before playing live acoustic versions of Coldplay tracks Magic and That Was When I Ruled The World. Chris also donated a private concert to the gala's live auction, which went for $400,000.


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Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek


The Red Hot Chilli Peppers closed the event, which raised $6million for Sean's J/P Haitian Relief Organisation. The charity has supported Haiti since the devastating earthquake there in 2010.

"I really respect that he's stayed with it these years," Salma told reporters ahead of the event. "Whenever there's a disaster, it takes a long time to rebuild. He was the first one there. And he stayed with a level of such passion."

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