Robert Downey Jr. has always been known for his flamboyant style and his unconventional behavior. He was even arrested for drug possession in 2009. Now he’s married to his longtime partner, Susan Levin. Is Robert Downey Jr. really gay or is he just playing around?
Is Robert Downey Jr. Gay?
The question of whether Robert Downey Jr. is gay or not has been a hot topic ever since the actor came out with his wife Susan Levin in 2012. The couple got engaged in 2011 after dating for two years. They tied the knot on July 20, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Downey Jr. has never hidden his love life from the public. In fact, he’s often talked about it openly. For example, in an interview with GQ magazine in 2010, Downey said: “I’m very much into women. I think that there are certain things that men do better than women. And I don’t know if you can be as tender as a man can be. But I am a lover. I’ve loved many women over my lifetime.”
In another interview with Vanity Fair, Downey admitted that he had dated other men before meeting Levin. “I’ve slept with guys before. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s like having sex with your sister. You get up and go to work the next day.”
Downey Jr. also told Howard Stern in 2006 that he had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio when they were both young actors. “He was so beautiful. We would look at each other and we’d say, ‘Oh my God!’”
However, Downey Jr. has denied being bisexual. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, he said: “I have no interest in men. I have no interest in women. I’m straight. I’m married. That’s all I want to talk about.”
Robert James Downey Jr. was born on May 30, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. His father was an alcoholic who worked as a janitor while his mother stayed home to raise him and his younger brother, John. When Robert was only three years old, his parents divorced.
After graduating high school, Downey Jr. went to college where he studied film production. However, he dropped out after one year because he didn’t feel comfortable working under the tutelage of a professor. Instead, he decided to pursue acting full time.
After dropping out of college, Downey Jr. moved back to L.A. and started auditioning for roles. He landed his first role in the 1987 movie Less Than Zero. Two years later, he made his big screen debut in 1989’s Chaplin.
His breakthrough performance came in 1992 when he played the lead role in the comedy A Fish Called Wanda. This led to more starring roles in movies such as Natural Born Killers (1994), Batman Forever (1995) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
In 1999, Downey Jr. starred in the hit TV series Ally McBeal. The show ran for six seasons until 2002. After the show ended, Downey Jr. continued to act in films including Tropic Thunder (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Tropic Thunder 2 (2010).
In 2008, Downey Jr. released his autobiography, Good Guy Greg. The book detailed his early life and career.
Downey Jr. met his future wife Susan Levin in 1993. She was a friend of his then-girlfriend, actress Michelle Williams. The two began dating soon after.
On June 25, 2000, Downey Jr. and Levin announced their engagement. On July 20, 2001, they exchanged vows at the Beverly Hills Hotel in front of 300 guests.
The couple welcomed their son Indio Downey in 2003. Their second child, daughter Ava María, arrived in 2005.
The couple split in 2007 but reconciled shortly afterwards. They got engaged again in 2009.
In 2012, Downey Jr. filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final in 2014.
Downey Jr. has been romantically linked to several celebrities over the years. Here are some of them:
Michelle Williams – From 1993 to 1998, Downey Jr. dated Williams. During their relationship, she appeared in four of his movies: Less Than Zero, Natural Born Killers, Batman Forever and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The two broke up in 1998.
Susan Levin – In 2000, Downey Jr., along with his girlfriend, Michelle Williams, introduced Levin to his family. The two were engaged that same year. The two married on July 20, 2001.
Gwyneth Paltrow – In 2004, Downey Jr. admitted that he had a crush on Paltrow during her marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. “I thought I was in love with her,” he said. “She was so beautiful and talented.”
Gretchen Mol – In 2006, Downey Jr. revealed that he had a brief fling withMol while filming Iron Man. “We did have an affair,” he told Playboy magazine. “It lasted about three weeks. It was very intense. We both knew it wasn’t going anywhere.”
Liv Tyler – In 2010, Downey Jr. confessed that he once had a crush on Liv Tyler. “I think we all have crushes on people who aren’t our partners,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “But I don’t know if I ever had one on Liv.”
According to Forbes magazine, Downey Jr. is worth $200 million. He earned this fortune from his acting career and his ownership stake in the video game company Rockstar Games.
It seems that Downey Jr. isn’t hiding his sexuality anymore. After all, he’s now happily married to his long-time girlfriend. So, is Robert Downey Jr. actually gay or is he just acting? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.