Sarah Jessica Parker Reflects On What She Learned From Her Doomed Romance With Robert Downey Jr.

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Sarah Jessica Parker has been in a happy and successful marriage with Matthew Broderick for over 20 years now. But that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten the valuable lessons she learned from her past failed relationships.

In a recent interview with People, Sarah Jessica opened up about topics including her current marriage, being a mom, her acting career, and most surprisingly, her former romance with Robert Downey Jr.

According to People, the Sex and the City actress dated the Iron Man star from 1984 to 1991. Robert famously and openly struggled with addiction for many years before getting sober in 2002 — and his former partner says that Robert’s drug abuse played a big role in their relationship toward its end and taught her to value her independence.

“I learned how to take care of myself,” she explained. “There was a huge amount of time spent making sure he was okay. At a certain point, I had the courage to say, ‘I’m going to walk away and I’m just going to pray that you don’t die.'”

Sarah Jessica also admitted that she “didn’t know” about her then-boyfriend’s addiction for a while. “I was like, ‘Why is his heart beating so fast? Don’t do so many pushups before bed!'” she recalled thinking at the time.

Still, as stressful as the relationship sounds, the Divorce star said she doesn’t “regret any of it” and doesn’t “resent the time spent” with Robert.

In the same interview, Sarah Jessica also spoke about falling in love with the late actor Chris Penn on set of the movie Footloose. “I learned that it’s great to have your heart broken,” she said of that relationship. “I hated it, it was miserable. But getting your heart broken is necessary. You know that you can love somebody and you have resilience.”

Check out the video below to hear what Sarah Jessica had to say about her current long-lasting marriage with Matthew.

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