Jewel on Hiding Her Relationship with Sean Penn: 'I Didn't Want to Be Known for Who I Was Dating'
"He was very lovely to me," the singer told PEOPLE
“We dated for about a year, I was about 21, something like that,” Jewel, 41, told PEOPLE. “And I didn’t want to be known for who I was dating. But he was very lovely to me.”
“And I let him know before the book came out,” Jewel added of her memoir, titled Never Broken. “He’s a great guy.”
Asked if she thought dating in the spotlight was harder than doing it as a regular person, Jewel, who also recently released a new album, Picking Up the Pieces, responded, “I mean, you can get around it. I dated a very famous person when I was not famous, and nobody ever knew about it. I think that if you want to keep things quiet, you can, and when you’re ready to go public, you can go public, too.”