Sean Penn reveals plans to make Haiti his permanent home

Sean Penn has revealed that he plans to make Haiti his home for the “rest of my life,” reports.

The 50-year-old Milk star – who arrived in Haiti shortly after the earthquake struck last January – makes his intentions clear in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The father-of-two, who divorced actress Robin Wright last August, has been working on the Caribbean island spearheading earthquake relief efforts for the past year.

“There’s no end point,” Penn tells the US magazine. “This is where I’ll be when I’m not working, for the rest of my life.”

Penn’s candid comments follow his admission that he experienced profound changes in his life last year – after his 14-year-old marriage ended and when he founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.

“I didn’t have commitments, except for way in the future. I had nothing pressing,” the Oscar-winner says.

Over the past year, Penn has invested time and money in helping to rebuild the country. He has around 50 volunteers and trained professionals who help him man a refugee camp – which costs $450,000 a month to run – in the once affluent suburb of Petionville.

He says: “I started paying for stuff and that was when I thought, ‘OK, I better figure this out because at this burn rate I’ll last about a week and a half’. When I first came to Haiti, the decision was to go for two weeks. In fact it’s been a whole year…”

He adds: “There’s a great thing Paul Newman said about his long marriage – ‘As it turns out, we still love each other’. That’s how I feel: ‘As it turns out, I’m still here’.”

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