It’s natural: When men reach a certain age in their lives, they reflect on their mortality and start acting out with extreme — read: psychotic — behavior: Perhaps they’ll plop down their life savings on a flashy new sportscar, maybe invest in an hair transplant, ah — and then there’s our favorite; cavorting with younger women.
Tim Robbins recorded an album.
Speaking to BBC Radio over the weekend, Robbins, 51, said his midlife crisis came after “insanity” that followed the collapse of a film project. His 23-year relationship with actress ex Susan Sarandon was also on the rocks. When the couple — long revered as one of Hollywood’s most enduring — finally separated in 2009, the father of two began asking himself what would make him happy and what he hasn’t done that he regrets not doing.
“I was thinking about calling it The MidLife Crisis Album, but then I thought that’s not going to sell any copies,” Robbins reflects. “Then I thought, ‘How about Songs of Love and Misery’? A midlife crisis – I think we all go through something, it’s inevitable, it’s unavoidable. You’re staring some kind of frightening thing down. It’s when you pass 40, inherently we double your age when we think about life.”
While Tim’s remaining tight-lipped on his signature sound and a possible release date for his debut LP, things are looking up on the love front; he’s reportedly dating the mother of one of his bandmates.