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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Face Each Other For First Time After Awkward Breakup

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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May. 22 2016, Updated 4:50 p.m. ET

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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After making an effort to avoid each other at the Cannes Film Festival, ex-lovers Sean Penn and Charlize Theron finally acknowledged each other's existence during an icy kiss this week.

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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Theron gave Penn a peck on the cheek as they left the screening for The Last Face on May 20.

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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Although it was far from a warm and fuzzy reunion, it was a giant leap from where they were at the start of the festival.

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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As Radar reported, the actors found themselves at the same event earlier this week.

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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But rather than immediately acknowledging the awkwardness, Penn and Theron completely avoided each other!

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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"There was always someone in between them – at least one person," a source told RadarOnline. "It was like they were on two separate orbits."

6. Their tension stems from a bad breakup last summer.

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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Theron was accused of "ghosting" Penn — a practice whereby one party breaks up with another by simply never speaking to them again.

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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Theron has denied ghosting Penn. “When you leave a relationship there has to be some f**king crazy story or some crazy drama," she said. "And the f**king ghosting thing, like literally, I still don’t even know what it is. It’s just its own beast.”

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Photos At Cannes -- Awkward Post-Breakup Reunion
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Do you think the former flames handled their breakup well? Sound off in the comments section below!

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