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James Franco appears to be enjoying the monogamous life these days, with girlfriend Izabel Pakzad, after previously admitting to his sex addiction and womanizing past.
The self-confessed Lothario was spotted catching some rays with his actress girlfriend over the weekend during a sun-soaked getaway in Miami.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Franco, 43, and Pakzad, 29, lounging with friends on the luxury sunbeds of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach on Sunday.
Pakzad was seen showing off her stunning beach bod in a baby blue teeny bikini as she went for a dip in the ocean.
Franco, meanwhile, appeared to be avoiding tan lines and covered up in a long-sleeve t-shirt and a black ‘Bob Baker Marionette Theater’ hat.
The Hollywood star-cum-academic lay back and relaxed with a book on a lounge chair while Pakzad sunbathed alongside him.
Franco, a prolific reader as well as a published author, seemed engrossed in ‘Naked Lunch’, a 1959 novel structured as a ‘series of loosely connected vignettes.’
James Franco relaxes with a book on the beach while girlfriend Izabel Pakzad sunbathes alongside him on Miami Beach
Pakzad was seen working on her tan and chatting with friends on the luxury sunbeds of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach during the couple’s weekend getaway
The 29-year-old actress was seen going for a dip in the ocean in exclusive DailyMail.com photos
Pakzad showed off her stunning beach bod in a baby blue teeny bikini
She went for a quick dip while boyfriend James Franco lounged on the beach
The loved-up pair reportedly started dating in November 2017 but have largely kept their romance out of the spotlight over the years.
At the time, it was believed the actor decided against going public with their relationship after had made headlines for alleged sexual misconduct just weeks into their romance.
The actor, who previously taught film courses at New York University and other colleges, was reported in 2018 to have ‘abus[ed] his power as an acting teacher in a sexually exploitative manner.’
Franco publicly addressed the matter for the first time since the allegations emerged on a SiriusXM podcast last December, admitting he slept with students at his acting school and ‘cheated on everyone’ he dated during a 20-year battle with ‘sex addiction.
Speaking on The Jess Cagle Podcast, Franco confessed he ‘did sleep with students, and that was wrong.’
He also admitted he could ‘never be faithful to anybody’ before he met Pakzad .
The 127 Hours star blamed his infidelities and inappropriate behavior on a sex addiction he has suffered from since giving up alcohol as a teenager.
Pakzad, who is 15 years Franco’s junior, reportedly started dating the Hollywood star in November 2017 but the two have kept their romance out of the spotlight over the years
Pakzad dries off in the sun and heads back to the lounge area after going for a swim
The couple were joined by a few friends during their beach outing
Pakzad slipped on some white beach shorts over her bikini before heading home
The actress was spotted arriving at the beach with a friend earlier on Sunday
‘It’s such a powerful drug,’ he explained. ‘I got hooked on it for 20 more years. The insidious part of that is that I stayed sober from alcohol all that time.
‘And I went to meetings all that time. I even tried to sponsor other people. So in my head, it was like, ‘Oh, I’m sober. I’m living a spiritual life.’ Where on the side, I’m acting out now in all these other ways, and I couldn’t see it.’
Franco said he has been in recovery from sex addiction since 2016 and has ‘been doing a lot of work’ after the allegations against him ‘and changing who I was.’
‘I didn’t want to hurt people,’ he said.
Franco also revealed that while he did sleep with students at his acting school, he thought it was ‘cool’ because it was ‘consensual’ and they were all adults.’
‘I [was] completely blind to power dynamics or anything like that, but also completely blind to people’s feelings. I didn’t wanna hurt people,’ he said.
‘I’ll admit, I did sleep with students,’ he said. ‘Over the course of my teaching, I did sleep with students. And that was wrong.
‘But, like I said, it’s not why I started the school. And I wasn’t the person who selected the people to be in the class. So it wasn’t a master plan on my part, but yes, there were certain instances where, you know what, I was in a consensual thing with a student and I shouldn’t have been.
Franco, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018, recently admitted that he had never been faithful to his girlfriends before he began dating Izabel
In a SiriusXM podcast last December, Franco admitted to sleeping with students at his acting school and said he felt ‘blind to power dynamics’ because they were ‘consenting adults’
‘I suppose at the time my thing was, if it’s consensual, OK. Of course I knew, I talked to other people, other teachers, yeah, it’s probably not a cool thing. [But] at the time, I was not as clear-headed as I’ve said. So I guess it just comes down to my criteria: If this is consensual, it’s cool. We’re all adults,’ he said.
During the discussion, Franco opened up about how he struggled to stay faithful to anyone and cheated on all of his past girlfriends.
He said: ‘I had girlfriends. I could never be faithful to anybody. I cheated on everyone before Isabel.’
Franco cited his 20-year battle with sex addiction as the main reason for his rampant adultery, an issue he’s been successfully battling for the past five years.
‘I was in recovery before, for substance abuse. And there were some issues that I had to deal with that were also related to addiction.
‘And so I’ve really used my recovery background to kind of start examining this and changing who I was,’ explained Franco.
The many girlfriends and dates of James Franco who has ‘cheated on everyone’
MARLA SOKOLOFF (1999 – 2004)
Franco dated co-star Marla Sokoloff from 1999 to 2004 after they met on the movie Whatever It Takes.
The Spider Man star revealed that he once made a sex tape with Sokoloff during an interview with Howard Stern.
He told the US radio host: ‘It was with my girlfriend… She’s an actress. She’s married now… I’ll say (her name) because it wasn’t anything bad, it was an innocent thing we made for ourselves… And everybody knows. I dated an actress named Marla Sokoloff for like four years, she was on that show The Practice. She played the secretary. We did a movie together. A really bad movie called Whatever It Takes.’
Franco dated co-star Marla Sokoloff from 1999 to 2004 after they met on the movie Whatever It Takes (pictured in the movite together)
AHNA O’REILLY (2006 – 2011)
From 2006 to 2011, James Franco dated actress Ahna O’Reilly.
They split because he was spending too much time on the East Coast while studying for a PhD in English at Yale University.
O’Reilly said she was fed up of staying in Los Angeles alone while he studied away.
Franco told Playboy magazine at the time: ‘That [relationship] lasted about four or five years.
‘We’d been living together in LA then I came to New York to go to school for two years.
‘Then I signed up for more school at Yale. I think that was it for her.’
Franco and O’Reilly at the premier of Pineapple Express in July 2008
AGYNESS DEYN (2011)
Franco was later linked with British model Agyness Deyn in 2011.
For the July 2011 issue of Elle, Franco photographed Deyn in a Rebel Without a Cause-inspired spread.
He was linked with British model Agyness Deyn (pictured in New York in 2019) in 2011
AMANDA SEYFRIED (2012)
A year later, there were reports he was seeing Lovelace co-star Amanda Seyfried.
He was spotted trying to make a quiet exit from her home but sources close to Franco later said the relationship was ‘not serious.’
James Franco and Amanda Seyfried starred in Lovelace together (pictured on the red carpet in Berlin in 2013)
EMILIA CLARKE (2013)
In 2013, he was linked with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and they were even rumoured to be engaged.
However, the pair were never seen together apart from at two official engagements.
Clarke laughed off rumours on the red carpet, saying they had only met twice briefly.
She said: ‘He is, of course, beautiful.
‘But I feel there’s only a handful of women who could form an engagement after two meetings, and I’m not one of them.’
In 2013, he was linked with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and they were even rumoured to be engaged (pictured in LA in January 2018)
ERIN JOHNSON (2014)
Franco was rumoured to be dating model Erin Johnson in 2014.
They first met in January of that year during what looked like an opportune night, with Johnson sharing a cosy Instagram of the two and another pal.
‘So yeah… #jamesfranco #interiorleatherbar,’ Erin wrote in the caption with a nod to the actor’s 2013 docudrama that he co-directed.
Erin also gushed over the star when she instagrammed another photo of the Spring Breakers hunk taken on the same evening.
They were photographed that August at LAX airport together.
Franco and Johnson first met in January of that year during what looked like an opportune night, with Johnson sharing a cosy Instagram of the two and another pal
LANA DEL REY (2014)
Around the same time rumours started that he was dating Lana del Rey after the pair both shared pictures of each other on their Instagram pages.
But Franco later denied they were romantically involved, saying that the relationship was purely platonic.
‘No, she’s a friend of mine…We’re friends. No. On my life,’ he told The Howard Stern Show in 2014.
‘I’ll tell you why, maybe it’s a boring answer. There’s a weird thing with creative types. Sometimes I love a person’s work and, like, I’m just so enamored with that and their persona in their work.
‘But outside of that, it’s like, our dynamic is we’re just kind of friends, we get along so well. But all this sexual attraction is for the person and the work. We go to Coney Island and hang out. I would have sex with her music.’
Rumours swirled about Franco and singer Lana del Rey in 2014 (pictured at the Variety’s Hitmakers Brunch on December 4)
AMBER HEARD (2016)
Franco is also rumoured to have had an intimate relationship with Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard.
The nature of their relationship became the subject of intense scrutiny during Depp and Heard sensational libel trial in London last year.
CCTV footage was played at the trial showing Heard and Franco taking a lift up to Depp’s apartment.
Depp said he this made him ‘jealous’ and that he was surprised to see them together because Heard had once described Franco as ‘creepy and rapey.’
Depp told the court: ”It provoked me to become jealous because of what Ms Heard had previously told me about her experience of working with Mr Franco on a film called Pineapple Express, so it shocked me that she was suddenly so friendly and happy with him.’
Franco is also rumoured to have had an intimate relationship with Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard (pictured at The Adderall Diaries premiere in Hollywood in 2016)
ISABEL PAKZAD (2017 – )
Franco started dating 28-year-old actress Isabel Pakzad in November, 2017.
He told Variety about their relationship that month, admitting he was working hard to commit to her more than he was with a previous love.
“There was one instance, this old girlfriend was visiting me in New York,” Franco said. “I had come out here for school. My cat had scratched her in the eye. I had so much work to get done for the next day, I didn’t take her to the hospital. I had my assistant take her. That moment haunted me so much. What kind of selfish, self-centered boyfriend are you?”
Pakzad has stuck by Franco despite the allegations of sexual misconduct.
He told The Jess Cagle Podcast on Tuesday that Pakzad was the only girlfriend he had been faithful to.
He said: ‘I had girlfriends. I could never be faithful to anybody. I cheated on everyone before Isabel.’
Changes: During a very candid conversation, the actor, 43, spoke about his relationships with students and how he ‘cheated on everyone’ during a 20-year struggle with sex addiction, four years after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Isabel and James pictured in 2019
Source: Daily Mail