In the spotlight, Susan Sarandon's love life included a marriage, two long-term relationships, and a deeper understanding of her sexuality.
These days Hollywood star Susan Sarandon is ready to explore her sexuality without letting gender get in her way. However, long before this decision, Susan was a young wife who saved face with marriage.
Due to a clause, the actress married her only husband, Chris Sarandon. The duo met at the Catholic University of America when Susan was 17.
Chris Sarandon and Susan Sarandon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 1, 1975 | Source: Getty Images
At the time, Chris was a graduate student, and the pair became drawn to each other. Them getting intimate birthed the urgency to become married. This was because the duo did not want to be expelled from school.
Chris and Susan knew what they wanted out of being married at that young age. They tied the knot in 1967 and, from then on, decided each year to renew their relationship. This was a way to agree that they wanted to keep being together mutually.
Susan Sarandon at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 7, 2019 | Source: Getty Images
After seven years, their mutual agreement was that they should go their separate ways. In 1979, Susan and Chris' divorce was finalized. They did not have any kids together as they moved on with their love lives.
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Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eva Amurri and Jack and Miles at the "War of the Worlds" New York City Premiere on June 23, 2005 | Source: Getty Images
After her divorce from Chris, Susan went on to make a name for herself in Hollywood, choosing to keep his last name. However, she found other love interests with time. The "Children of Dune" actress had long and short-term relationships.
Some were high-profile as she was romantically linked with stars like Louis Malle, Sean Penn, and David Bowie. During some of her long-term relationships, Susan welcomed kids. However, she never got married again. When explaining why she never got around to walking down the aisle again, Susan shared:
"I just always was afraid of taking each other for granted because you're married, you know, waking up in the morning and having to recommit."
Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin attend the IWC "Inside The Wave" Gala event during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 at Palexpo on January 21, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland | Source: Getty Images
She never tried tying the knot again but did have relationships that she considered productive. One of her long-term romances was with director Franco Amurri, with whom she had a daughter Eva Amurri.
She and Franco were a couple until 1988, when she became involved with Tim Robbins. The "Dead Man Walking" actress and "Mystic River" actor met on the set of "Bull Durham."
Actress Susan Sarandon and son Jack Robbins arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere "The Lovely Bones" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
She hit it off from there, and they were together for over two decades. The couple welcomed two sons, Jack and Miles Robbins, both grown and well invested in the entertainment industry.
Susan and Tim's 1988 relationship ended in 2009, and there was a bit of speculation concerning why they went their separate ways. Some of these bordered on infidelity, but Susan once hinted that she and Tim never had such issues in an interview.
Susan, who has been said to have a thing for young men, affirmed this when she shared that older men were "just trying to preserve the status quo and hold on for dear life."
Actress Susan Sarandon and her son Miles Robbins attend the grand opening of The Scarlet on March 9, 2012 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Even in her relationship with Franco and Tim, she was over ten years older. For Susan, younger men were curious and open. Her most enormous age gap with a lover was 31 years, and it was with Jonathan Bricklin.
Jonathan is the son of business expert Malcolm Bricklin, and he works in the entertainment industry as a screenwriter. With Jonathan, Susan sensed jealousy.
Susan Sarandon poses with the Noble Globe Award and daughter Eva Amurri Martino during Heifer Internationals 2nd Annual "Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table" at Montage Hotel on September 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
The two were an item from 2010 to 2015, but all through, the Oscar-winning actress felt Jonathan was jealous of her relationship with her sons. She assumed it was because he did not have a close relationship with his mother.
The "Thelma & Louise" actress also pointed out that she had more of the spotlight than Bricklin, but he didn't like it. Overall, the actress saw herself as an over-nurturer in her relationship, and she knew it had to change.
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Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis attend "Thelma And Louise" 30th Anniversary drive-in charity screening experience hosted by MGM and Cinespia at The Greek Theatre on June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
With her years of romance and experiences in relationships, Susan is more accepting that romance could happen regardless of specific criteria. The actor has shared her decision to date anyone irrespective of gender, color, or age. She noted:
"It doesn't matter the age, race, gender of the person you choose to be with. What's difficult is being intimate with another human being. Once you learn to do that, the rest is just details."
Susan's sexual orientation is quite broad, and it is not in isolation from some of her past experiences. She had had close relationships with gay people and has been a natural about it all.
In an interview with Pride Source, she noted that the people she made friends with and had the longest friendships with were gay people. The star also shared that she was romantically involved with a gay man.
The BAFTA winner described the relationship as "very successful, loving and wonderful." She explained that their relationship worked out fine. Late gay actor Philip Sayer had been her love interest then, and they had a great relationship.
The 75-year-old actress stated that she was a serial monogamist and hadn't been in the dating pool. When asked if she was open about her sexuality, Susan replied, saying that her sexual orientation was "up for grabs."
Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres in a 2015 interview, Susan clarified that she was actively looking for a new romance, and she left open all criteria because it "increases chances." On the Divorced Not Dead podcast, she stated:
"I don't care if it's a man or a woman. I mean, I'm open to all ages, all color. And those for me, those things are just details.
Six years later, in 2021, the "Enchanted" actress reiterated her point of leaving open her choice in a partner. However, she circled back to looking for someone while sharing that "the window may have closed."
The star relayed that she was in no rush for a romantic relationship, but she remained hopeful. Susan seeks to be with a partner who can double as a travel companion, whether with a man or woman.
Susan Sarandon attends the premiere of "Feud: Bette and Joan" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2017 | Source: Getty Images
Susan wants her prospective partner to be passionate and up for an adventure with her. She also wanted to be with someone who loved what they did, no matter what.