‘Love Still In Bloom’: Robert Downey Jr. Celebrates 18th Wedding Anniversary

‘Love Still In Bloom’: Robert Downey Jr. Celebrates 18th Wedding Anniversary

By Movieguide® Contributor

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan just celebrated 18 years of marriage. 

“18 years, love still in bloom!!” the IRON MAN star wrote under a photo from their wedding, along with a recent recreation of the first picture.

Downey frequently posts about his wife on Instagram. 

In a Valentine’s Day post, the actor wrote, “To she who lovingly tolerates my many shenanigans, I pledge my undying love.”

The couple have spoken publicly about their relationship, especially Susan’s influence on Downey’s sobriety journey. 

They met in 2003, shortly after Downey was released from court-ordered rehab. The pair soon got close, but when the actor’s sobriety started to slip, Susan made it clear the relationship would end.

“I made it clear that to stay with me, nothing could happen,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. 

Her ultimatum worked. Downey famously threw his drug stash into the ocean and has been sober ever since. 

“I think he saw what we had,” she explained. “There was something magical there, something we couldn’t put our finger on. He always says that we became this third thing when we got together — something that neither of us could have become by ourselves — and I think that’s true.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Downey’s comments about overcoming addiction:

Robert Downey Jr. and his father discussed addiction and how they both overcame it in the new Netflix documentary SR. 

“It’s incomplete if you don’t,” Downey Jr. said of his decision to broach the topic and include it in the movie. “I also hate puff pieces. “There’s so many examples of it right now where everyone’s trying to get their narrative out there.”

The IRON MAN actor also talked about why so many feel “uncomfortable” with discussions about addiction, saying, “Nobody wants to admit complete defeat over trying to deal with something like alcoholism or addiction.”

“I still think there’s this section of our culture that thinks it’s a moral weakness. And also, you feel bad about all the crazy [stuff], so then there’s the guilt button,” he explained. “I don’t really know if my dad ever made peace with those many lost years….”

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