updated 10/04/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/04/2010 AT 10:30 AM ET
Before they broke up last year, many people figured Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins would beat the odds and make their Hollywood relationship last a lifetime. And that includes Sarandon herself.
“People were coming up to me in the street and saying, ‘I cried and cried when I heard,’ ” the actress tells Britain’s Telegraph. “Well, I was sadder! I didn’t think it would ever happen, either.”
Sarandon says the love affair, which began in 1987 on the set of Bull Durham, had just run its course. “You bring people into your life at certain times,” she says. “Maybe you have a relationship to have children, and you realize that it’s fulfilled after that point.”