Robert Downey Jr: 'I was in love with Sarah Jessica and love clearly was not enough'
Robert Downey Jr has spoken out about his seven-year relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker.
The couple were together during Downey Jr’s spiral into drug addiction and at the time the actor was well known in Tinseltown for his hell-raising party lifestyle.
Speaking to a US magazine, Downey Jr explained how his wild lifestyle affected his relationship with the Sex and the City star. ‘I was so selfish,’ he admits. ‘I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn’t jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is.’
He added: ‘She provided me with a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn’t get my act together.
‘I was making money. I was mercurial and recklessly undisciplined and, the most part, I was happily anesthetized. Sarah Jessica would pull me out of a hangover, and we’d go pick out furniture together. She is a force of nature!’
Despite the couple splitting in 1991, Downey Jr admits his feelings ran deep. ‘I was in love with Sarah Jessica and love clearly was not enough. I was meant to move on. And, after some heartache, she was meant to find her home with a great star.’
The actor was referring to Sarah Jessica Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, with whom Parker now has a son, James.