Top 6 Tragic Details About Robert Downey Jr. (Before He Was Iron Man)
Robert Downey Jr. has more than earned his street cred as one of the world’s highest-paid and, quite frankly, adored actors. However, the Iron Man star battled multiple personal demons before turning his life around along the way. This is the tragic real-life story of Robert Downey Jr.
In Robert Downey Jr.’s own words, he had an “interesting” childhood. But as you delve further into his past, you’ll find that’s quite the understatement. Both of his artistic parents, who divorced when he was 13, struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and led lifestyles that meant traveling for work and wild parties.
Naturally, Downey caught the acting bug at a young age. However, he never stayed in one place for too long during his youth, living in New York City, London, and Santa Monica. Downey also infamously had his first taste of marijuana when he was just six or seven.
As his dad, Robert Downey Sr., later admitted to The Guardian:
“I passed him a joint. And suddenly I knew I had made a terrible, stupid mistake [by] giving a little kid a toke of grass just to be funny.”
For his part, RDJ once explained that the father-son duo used drugs to bond, saying in an interview for the New Breed book:
“It was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how.”
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