Robert Downey Jr. showers pregnant Susan with kisses at his first appearance since his mom's death

Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to public displays of affection – last month he premiered The Judge at the Toronto International Film Festival and doted on his pregnant wife, Susan.

Now, in the wake of his actress mother Elsie’s passing, reportedly due to declining health, the Iron Man star, 49, showered his beautiful wife with kisses at his new film’s Los Angeles premiere.

Susan looked elegant and sexy in a tight, black dress with sheer, shawl-collar accents which hugged her baby bump.

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERYRobert Downey Jr. is supported by his pregnant wife Susan at the premiere

While Robert is going through a tough time, it was clear from his public display of affection towards his wife that the couple were focused on the good times ahead.

The Sherlock Holmes star showered his partner-of-nine years with kisses and cuddles, placing a tender hand on her bump and planting a sweet peck on her forehead.

There was no doubt that the couple, who already have two-year-old son Exton, were excited about the arrival of their unborn baby daughter due next month.

Robert Downey Jr., who recently lost his ‘role model’ mum on 22 September, puts on a brave front

Robert and his producer wife Susan first met on the set of Gothika in 2003, two years before their married in a Jewish ceremony in the Hamptons.

The couple recently opened up about their relationship and how much they had changed each other since marrying, with Robert paying particular credit to his wife for helping him cope with his past addiction troubles.

“She is the font of all good things,” Robert told The Hollywood Reporter, calling the decade they’ve been together his ‘Great Transition’.

“I didn’t care about having a family or making a home,” admitted Susan. “I didn’t think about kids. It’s not that I didn’t want those things, I just didn’t think about them. And then I had someone who came in as a tornado, this creative, beautiful ball of insane energy and passion. And it completely opened me up.”

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