Robert Downey Jr. is coming clean. In a revealing new interview, the actor admits that his past substance abuse issues could have played a role in his 20-year-old son Indio’s addictions.
Robert Downey Jr., 49, is taking responsibility for passing on his addictions to his son Indio, 20, who was arrested on a felony drug possession charge in June 2014. Indio has since entered rehab, something all too familiar to Robert, who spent nearly a year in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison from 1999 into 2000.
Robert Downey Jr. On Son’s Drug Issues: His Addiction Is A ‘Family Problem’
The actor spoke out about his troubled past in a new interview featured in the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.
Robert recalls an incident in 1996, when he was found unconscious in his neighbors’ 11-year-old son’s bed. He told Vanity Fair that this was, “an uncommon occurrence for me. Happened to be a very public one. I was not a guy who blacked out.” But this was just one glimpse into five dark years in Robert’s life that were filled with substance abuse, arrests and rehab.
Luckily, Robert finally overcame his drug issues and moved past the public scrutiny to become a tremendous success. But now he fears that he may have passed along his addictions to his son Indio.
Robert Downey Jr. Admits: Indio Is His Father’s Son
Addictions can be inherited, or at least that’s how Robert feels about his own. Robert believes that Indio’s issues just might be a product of his genetics. “He’s his mother’s [Deborah Falconer] son and my son, and he’s come up the chasm much quicker than we did,” Robert told Rich Cohen of Vanity Fair. But he acknowledges that it’s more than just family issues.
The Iron Man is well aware of how technology has sped up children’s exposure to drugs, alcohol and other dangers. “But that’s typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated. Pick a dysfunction, and it’s a family problem,” he says. “You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods.”
In spite of all this, Robert is hopeful that his son, a musician with sick guitar skills, will emerge from the woods stronger than ever. After all, Robert is a comeback kid if there ever was one. Hopefully Indio will follow in his father’s footsteps.
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— Katerina Torres