Even the hottest flames burn out sooner or later.
And in the case of Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn, it looks like it may have been a bit sooner than expected.
The couple’s fast-tracked romance – which began just a few short months after Johansson split from husband Ryan Reynolds – has ended, according to People.com.
Penn’s relationship with the actress first became public when they dined in Los Angeles on Feb. 28 – with Johansson’s foot resting firmly in his lap.
The outing was quickly followed by a trip to Cabo San Lucas and in late March, Johansson, 26, brought him as her date to Reese Witherspoon’s wedding.
In mid-April, Johansson’s rep denied speculation she was pregnant after photos taken during a jog with Penn, 50, showed the starlet sporting what seemed to be a fuller stomach.
Her publicist dismissed the pictures as “misleading,” noting that they were followed by photographers “for over 20 minutes” and she was actually “in the best shape of her life,” thanks to training for the upcoming superhero flick, “The Avengers.”
The couple seemed to still be going strong later that month, when they were snapped holding hands after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington on April 30.
But Penn’s solo trip to the Cannes Film Festival last month made some wonder whether the pair had split.
The Daily News’ Gatecrasher column reported at the time that the actor, there to promote “Tree of Life” and “This May Be The Place,” was spotted at his hotel with two “super-hot” women.
A source further told Gatecrasher that there had been “some tension” between him and Johansson lately.
And now it seems, that tension may have been enough to cause the two to call it quits.