AceShowbiz - %cJewel Kilcher% dated and fell in love with %cSean Penn% during his break from his future second wife %cRobin Wright Penn% in the 1990s. The 41-year-old songstress details her short-lived romance with Sean in her new memoir "Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story".
Jewel recalls that it all began when her music career was in its beginning stages. "Around this time, in 1995, I got my first TV break," she writes of her television debut on %cConan O'Brien%'s show. "I think I was wearing purple polyester pants with a black T-shirt and a tacky belt with a rainbow buckle that I loved. The performance was a huge break for me." Jewel's debut album "Pieces of You" was released that same year.
The songstress then briefly returned to Alaska and got a phone call from Sean. "One day my dad came to find me, saying, 'Jewel, you must be getting some kooky fans out there in the Lower 48. Some guy just prank-called and said he was Sean Penn," she recalls, " 'No s**t,' I said, chuckling. 'What did you do?' "
Her father then hung up the person only to answer the call again and she realized it really was Sean. "He had seen me on Conan and was working on a movie he'd written called 'The Crossing Guard'. He wanted me to compose a song for it. I told him I would and he said he would meet me anywhere to screen the movie, I could name the day. I gave him my cell number and figured I would never hear from him again," she says.
Jewel ended up writing a song called "Emily" for Sean's film and they started dating. "We spoke on the phone a lot and he was a fantastic flirt and I did not mind one bit," she recalls. "But I was no fool and knew I was most likely a trifle to him. I intended to give him no such conquest. I put that man through his paces and he took it in stride. He began to court me in earnest, following me around on tour, acting as my de facto roadie."
She continues, "I moved very slowly with him but he was a persistent and inventive suitor, and I enjoyed it immensely. I kept our burgeoning relationship very quiet. I liked his mind sober, and had fun playing this way. When I told him this in all seriousness, in a dive bar after a sound check, he responded with a melancholy stare and then canary-eating grin and said it would be impossible not to fall in love with me. I looked at him to see if he was serious. It seemed he was."
The "Foolish Games" singer then recalled a trip with Sean to the Venice Film Festival, where he would introduce her to a new glitzy and glamorous world she was unfamiliar with, and he "took me to see the sights in Montartre and wrote me in notes that he hid in my pockets...I enjoyed Sean and would eventually fall in love."
Jewel and Sean's romance, however, ultimately came to an end in the same year. Sean reunited with Robin and they got married in the following year. The pair later split and finalized their divorce in 2010. Jewel, meanwhile, tied the knot with Ty Murray in 2008 before they separated in 2014.