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By Jitin Gambhir

Sarah Jessica Parker was ’embarrassed’ during Robert Downey Jr. romance

Sarah Jessica Parker recently opened up about her seven-year relationship with Robert Downey Jr. in a New Yorker profile. During their romance, the actor was battling substance abuse, and Parker admitted to feeling “angry and embarrassed” at times. Despite this, she provided stability and tried to create a “steady heartbeat” for him. Parker clarified that their relationship was an “adventurous, important” part of her life.

The couple dated from 1984 to 1991, and Downey Jr. has since been married twice, with three children. Parker moved on with her now-husband Matthew Broderick, with whom she has three children. In 2018, Parker revealed that she “prayed” for Downey Jr.’s well-being when she decided to “walk away” from their relationship. Downey Jr. has expressed his “great respect” for Parker, and in 2008, he admitted that she tried to help him during his struggles with addiction. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Parker has no regrets about their time together.

Sarah Jessica Parker is reflecting on her seven-year relationship with Robert Downey Jr.

The “And Just Like That” star admitted in a New Yorker profile published Monday that she was “angry and embarrassed” during their romance, which took place amid his struggles with substance abuse.

“People around him would be dismissive of me, but I had given him stability and tried to create a steady heartbeat that allowed him to show up on time,” the actress, 58, explained.

Parker clarified that dating the actor, who got sober in 2003, was a “really adventurous, important” part of her life.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. at "Batman" premiere
The duo dated from 1984 to 1991 amid the actor’s substance abuse struggles.
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Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
The “Sex and the City” alum told the New Yorker she gave her ex “stability.”
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Robert Downey Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker
However, she felt “people around him would be dismissive” of her.
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“We were together for a long time,” the “Sex and the City” alum gushed. “He was the first person that I lived with.

“His career was really just beginning,” she continued. “I was so proud to see his success and, you know, watch him grow professionally.”


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Downey Jr., 58, was briefly quoted in the article via his rep, telling the outlet that he maintains “great respect” for his ex.

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Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker called the romance an “adventurous, important” part of her life.
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The “Firstborn” co-stars dated from 1984 to 1991, with Parker moving on with now-husband Matthew Broderick.

The couple are the parents of son James, 20, and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, 14.

In 2018, the Emmy winner recalled “praying” Downey Jr. wouldn’t die when she “had the courage” to “walk away” from their relationship.

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Downey Jr., for his part, shared his “great respect” for her.
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“There was a huge amount of time spent making sure he was OK,” Parker told People at the time. “And I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know for a long time. I was like, ‘Why is his heart beating so fast? Don’t do so many push-ups before bed!’”

However, the Golden Globe winner added, “I don’t resent the time spent [with him].”

Downey Jr. spoke about their time together in 2008, admitting to Parade that Parker was “so miffed when [he] didn’t get [his] act together.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and their kids at "Some Like It Hot" premiere
The “And Just Like That” star is married to Matthew Broderick, with whom she shares three kids.
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“She provided me a home and understanding,” the “Tropic Thunder” star recalled. “She tried to help me. … I was in love with Sarah Jessica … and love clearly was not enough.”

The Oscar nominee has been married twice since his split from Parker. He wed Deborah Falconer in 1992, followed by Susan Levin in 2005.

Downey Jr. shares son Indio, 29, with the former, as well as son Exton, 11, and daughter Avri, 8, with the latter.

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