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Can exes ever be friends? If you’re asking Madonna and Sean Penn, the answer is yes!

Sean was spotted at New York gallery on Sept. 24, attending a party celebrating the launch of ex-wife Madonna’s Secret Project Revolution, an experimental film that the 55-year-old Material Girl has been working on.

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The pair—who wed in 1985—have a somewhat tumultuous past; in 1987, Madonna went to the hospital after Sean allegedly hit her in the face with a baseball bat; later in their marriage, the Milk actor was charged with felony domestic assault.

They divorced in 1989.

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Since then, he has spoken candidly about their relationship.

In 2007, he said he couldn’t “recall having a single conversation in four years of marriage.”

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“I've talked to her a few times since, and there's a whole person there,” he said at the time. “I just didn't know it. I was just living in my own head.”

Over the years, they have been seen together publicly several times.

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Madonna and Sean Penn have both moved on, remarrying Guy Ritchie and Robin Wright, respectively, although both have since divorced.

What do you think—can exes really be friends?