On-screen, Robert Downey, Jr. has played many different characters, but off-screen his favorite role seems to be proud dad. Yesterday, Downey, Jr. went on Facebook to congratulate his eldest son, Indio Downey, on his continued sobriety and his band, The Dose’s, new music.
“Congrats are in order for my firstborn, and I’m proud to oblige,” Downey, Jr. wrote alongside a video clip of The Dose’s new song, “Cold Hands.” “Having braved the crucible of addiction (and pleased the court), his ongoing commitment to recovery continues to inspire and amaze.”
Almost two years ago, Indio made headlines after being arrested for cocaine possession, reported Us Weekly. Indio, along with two other people, were allegedly in a car when the police pulled them over and found cocaine in Indio’s possession. One Tuesday, March 8, E! News reported the charges against Downey were dismissed after he completed his diversion program.
Downey, Jr. also previously had his own issues with drugs. According to Us Weekly, Robert was sentenced to three years in jail back in 1999 because of drugs.
“Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” Downey, Jr. told Us Weekly when Indio was arrested. “There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being.”
And now it seems Downey is becoming the man his father has always believed he could be.
“As long as we can remember, Indio has been a musician at heart,” Downey, Jr. wrote in his Facebook post. “In the last several years, with his bandmate Ralph Alexander, I’ve witnessed their dedication, consistency, and determination to grow as artists. I’ve also made it my business to be of as little help as possible, as nepotism usually does more harm than good…Just for today, I’m gonna ease up on that.”
The clip Robert shared and tweeted is a 42-second snippet of The Dose’s first release off their debut EP, out April 8, by Index Records, according to The Prelude Press. The duo also recently announced they’ll be joining Bush on some of their tour dates this spring.
Indio isn’t the only Downey man having a great week. The second trailer for Robert’s latest film, Captain America: CivilWar, was released earlier this week and fans are still buzzing over it. In the film, Downey, Jr.’s character, Iron Man/Tony Stark, goes up against Captain America.
Fans on Twitter quickly started tweeting if they were #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap after the trailer’s release, leading to the end of many friendships and the start of many feuds.
But can you guess which team Spider-Man’s on? If you watched the trailer all the way to the end you would’ve seen Spider-Man pop up and by the way he took Captain America’s shield, it’s clear Spidey is #TeamIronMan. And if that’s still not enough to get you on Downey, Jr.’s side there is one more thing he’s willing to offer.
The tickets for the film also went on sale after the new trailer was released and no matter what side you’re on, this is one movie event you’re probably not going to want to miss.
Although on screen it’s all about Iron Man and Captain America’s teams, in real life the only team Robert Downey, Jr. is really concerned with is his son’s. As Indio continues to make strides in the music business there’s no doubt his father will be right by his side all along the way.
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