He’s the Iron Man, as all parents of small children will know, but Robert Downey Jr will have a hard time stopping his heart from melting now that he’s the father of a new baby girl.

Robert, 49, and his wife Susan have just welcomed their daughter, a little sister for their son Exton, 2 1/2, and Robert’s son Indio, 21, from a previous marriage. 

The Iron Man star took to Facebook to announce his new daughter’s name, posting:

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© Robert Downey Jr. Facebook

Before her birth, “I don’t want to be a pushover,” the actor told a reporter. “I hear about these pushover dads. I want to be a fair but firm dad. I want her to fear and respect me.”

His producer wife says she’s the good cop with Exton, but “I have no idea what to do with a little girl. For some reason I understand little boys because I grew up with two brothers. This is going to be a fun adventure for both of us.”

When Exton was about to arrive, Robert talked about being a superhero dad. “Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough … Hero, to me, is not applicable to the human experience.”

Being a human can indeed be hard, and the former drug addict knows that only too well. When his son Indio was arrested for cocaine possession in June, Robert released a frank and understanding statement:

Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, 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.

Accepting an award last week, he asked his “literally about to pop” wife to stand up for the crowd. “How is she still so darn pretty and functional and mood-stable?” he said, joking that “the second pregnancy has been extraordinarily tough for me. Self-prescribed mandatory bed rest was of some benefit. At least my milk is finally coming in.”

What do you think of baby Avri’s name?

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  • It’s an interesting name, all the best to them.


  • Lovely to have a dad that acknowledges problems, doesn’t just bury them


  • Love Robert Downey Jr; talented and funny! Individual name for their baby.


  • Wow! I am having a great time reading this very well written article. Thanks for this MoM. Miss of the speculations about the fourth installment of the Iron Man 4. What i know about the movie is it’s going to happen and rumors that there’s a major casting switch according from an article http://goo.gl/RWyS8h I read a while ago.


  • Congratulations to the both of them! I don’t min her name at all. I would be more shocked if they had given her a common name.


  • like the name especially since their celebrities names can be quite unusual,gorgeous little family.


  • that is an unusual name but that’s the point. i like it though


  • The name is ok. I actually admire Robert Downey Jnr and am looking forward to watching the new film he is in and I believe directed.

    • His career and life have been interesting; quite a journey!


  • It’s an interesting name, beautiful nonetheless.


  • I think it is lovely no name worries there


  • That is such a beautiful article. The name is beautiful and so great to see someone go thru such hard times and come out the other side .. Congratulations xxx


  • Congrats to the happy couple.


  • Love the name. Different enough yet not weird. Congratulations!


  • How wonderful. Not sure of the name but awesome.


  • Think it’s a great name. Different and unusual but, not totally off the wall!


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