Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has opened up about her seven year relationship with actor Robert Downey Jr, saying dating the Iron Man star was similar to parenting a child.
“It taught me how I love. And what’s the difference between loving and taking care of people and what’s necessary and what grown-ups should and shouldn’t do for one other,” Parker, 51, said.
“And maybe it taught me a little bit about being a parent, too, because the things that I ended up caring about and the way I cared for Downey, were things that might be more suitable for a parent.
“Like at what point do I let him lose something? When do I say, You gotta lose it in order to understand how to even cope. How are you going to develop your coping mechanisms if I’m fixing and when as a parent do I let go?
“When do I let go in a relationship? So I think I learned a lot about it. You don’t know you’re learning about it when you’re in it. You’re just in the day-to-day, caring about someone and loving them, and hopefully keeping them safe.”