Sean Penn broken by lack of privacy in high-profile marriage: ‘He was Mr. Madonna’

Madonna and Sean Penn‘s romance was doomed from the very start. Ever since they announced their quickie wedding in 1985, rumors began circling about the couple’s alleged infidelity scandals, domestic abuse and endless lies.

Now, REELZ’s new docuseries, Madonna & Sean Penn: Irreconcilable Differences, gives viewers an inside look into the stars’ rocky love affair.

“Not only did not like the press, he didn’t like the reason they were following him,” says Naughtygossip.com founder, Rob Shuter, in the show teaser. “They were not following him because he won an Oscar, they were not following him because he’d made a great movie, they were following him because he was now Mr. Madonna.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: (Exclusive Coverage) Sean Penn and Madonna attend Madonna and Steven Klein secretprojectrevolution at the Gagosian Gallery on September 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 13: Actor Sean Penn and singer Madonna on July 13, 1987 leave for an after party for Madonna's Who's That Girl World Tour Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 28: Singer Madonna and actor Sean Penn leave for the Lincoln Center's Workshop Production of 'Goose and Tomtom' Opening Night Party on August 28, 1986 at Mitzi E. Newhouse, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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NEW YORK - AUGUST 1986: Acting couple Madonna and Sean Penn leave rehearsals for their play 'Goose and Tom Tom' in August 1986 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Singer Madonna and actor Sean Penn on the set of the film 'Shanghai Surprise', Hong Kong, February 12th 1986. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Penn, 58, and Madonna, 60, got divorced four years later, but not before the actor became broken over the lack of privacy that came with their high-profile marriage.

“I think the press and the celebrities have a difficult relationship, but they need each other,” says Shuter. “The celebrities need us, we need them, and often we can find a way to co-exist together. With Sean Penn this never happened.”

Madonna & Sean Penn: Irreconcilable Differences airs Thursday, October 25 at 9 ET / PT.

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