Actor turned his life around after drink and drug problems

Robert Downey Jr didn’t make a great first impression on his wife Susan.

The Iron Man star – who married first wife Deborah Falconer just two months after they met in 1992 – battled heroin and cocaine addiction in the 1990s and even served a year in jail.

So it was perhaps unsurprising that film producer Susan, 39, was reluctant to enter into a relationship with him.

I met my wife in 2003 in Montreal on the film Gothika, which she was producing,’ says Robert, 48.

She was in no hurry to get involved at all. In fact, she was not looking for a relationship and admits she thought I was “strange”.

But we had already hooked up by the time she produced my next film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She has since given me a sense of life and order.

At the end of the day I find that I am really a conventional guy.’

The couple wed in 2005 and are now parents to 1-year-old son Exton.

Robert’s glad that he was able to turn his life around after his past misdemeanours.

Life can have some strange twists and turns and you never know when things will change,’ the actor tells The Sun.

I felt like that when I met Susan. I had been in Los Angeles for exactly 20 years and suddenly there was a sense of life having cycles and circles.

I had missed so much up to that point.

You know those mornings when you can’t hit you’re ass with both hands and you feel out of synch? That was life for me – permanently.’

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