Robert Downey Jr.: We’re Having a Boy!

12/06/2011 at 11:00 AM ET

It appears Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t have an iron will when it comes to keeping a secret.

Despite telling Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Monday that “I can’t say a word” and that he is “not permitted to discuss” the sex of the baby he’s expecting in late February with wife Susan, the actor then blurted out that they’re having a boy.

Downey, 46, immediately put his head in his hands in mock horror and said, “S—. I did it.”

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Continuing with his tongue-in-cheek interview, Downey Jr. told Leno he’s been the one suffering through Susan’s pregnancy, which the pair announced in August.

“I think actually it’s been tougher on me,” he joked. “Just the hormones and the moods stuff and the nausea, and the whole thing.”

When asked if he planned to be an involved father with his son, he said, “I suspect I will be.”

He then donned a prosthetic breastfeeding device Leno handed him and asked the audience, “Who’s first? I need some practice.”

The actor does have some practice on the parenting front – he’s already a father to Indio, 18, his son with ex-wife Deborah Falconer.

— Sara Hammel

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Cyndi on

Congratulations! LOVE him!

aw on

i LOVE robert downey, jr.!

gottabelieve on

I don’t like him, per say (he’s a little c o c k y in my opinion), but I’m glad he’s turned his life around, and this child can have a better father figure in their life than his first son did. I wish them the best!

stef on

LOVE LOVE LOVE him and am beyond thrilled at how he got his act together! He told Playboy he hoped his 2nd child was a girl…but I really don’t think he cares either way!

maryalisonn on

I love Robert Downey JR. One of my FAVORITE actors. He is VERY talented. And so HOT. Congrats!!

bostonhcky1 on

Love Robert!! Congrats Robert and Susan!! ❤

sarah on

I really like him! I wish them all the best and looking forward to Sherlock Holmes!!

Lizzie on

BLESS their Fam & his older son~~~

sunny on

He looks so plasticky

kendrajoi on

I hope they have a comfy doghouse! LOL

Emily on

I can’t help but love this guy! Congrats!

Robin on

How do we not know he is bluffing and really having a girl? Either way he/she will be adorable and I would be willing to babysit! 🙂

Katie on

Best of luck! I am so glad he has been on the right track for some time now. He deserves his good fortune. He has worked for it.

Anonymous on

Sounds like poor Robert was pretty mortified when he realized he’d just gone against his wife’s wishes and accidentally announced the gender of their baby! Hopefully Susan isn’t too upset (I’d venture to guess that at this point, she’s just hoping that he doesn’t go and spill the due date, too! LOL)!

Reminds me of when Jennifer Garner was pregnant with Violet, said she wanted to keep the gender of the baby private…and then accidentally let it slip on some talk show (I forget which one) that she was having a girl. Or when Jack Black accidentally announced to the entire world that Angelina was having twins.

I feel bad for the celebs when they slip like this…but at the same time I can’t help but laugh at the slip and the (usually) mortification on the celeb’s part that follows immeditely afterward! Anyway, I wish Robert and Susan the best of luck!

Hannah on


Anonymous on

I love Both of them! Very strong human being!

Cara on

Awww congrats to them!! I was kind of hoping he would get his wish and have a little girl but boys are super fun too! 🙂 As long as a baby is healthy…that is ALL that matters!!

ruby on

ah another gorgeous downey boy, congrats to them. love love love rdj ^_^

Hea on

I think that revelation was planned. 🙂 I’ve always had a crush on Robert.

Nella on

I don’t know why but I think he’s bluffing! I don’t think he would spill it like that especially when his wife doesn’t want him to. Whatever the gender is I am sure they will be happy with.

kim on

i really like him–i like the cockiness–but what i like the most is that he is a recovering addict who seems to have made a complet turnaround–god bless him and his family–may this child be all they both dream of.

Katie on

I love him!! He’s awesome, hilarious, and love his movies. Glad he cleaned himself up and is expecting with his wife. Best of luck!

lee on

Susan will make a wonderful Mom.

Dora Glasberg on

I intend to be an involved father – unless of course I leave this one too.