‘I’ve done everything wrong, so there’s no explanation as to why I’m still around’
ceremony to raise awareness of HIV-positive Haitian refugees. (This was decades before it was de rigueur to use the thank-you slot to champion a cause.)
ever-after love story, it was mistaken. In 2009, after more than 20 years together, Susan and Tim split. Tim admitted to going a few months earlier, and Susan, then 63, was linked to Jonathan Bricklin, 32, her ping-pong club business partner, who she’d met on a road trip through Chile. Susan got a tattoo around her wrist with the letters A. N. D, standing for ‘A New Dawn, A New Day’ and embraced her freedom; much to the alarm of her now-adult children. ‘One said, “I’m not sure who you are any more,”’ she’s since shared. ‘I said, “I’m the person I was before you came along.”’
In 2015, she and Jonathan made a reality show charting their relationship before breaking up later the same year. Not in their relationships with Susan. As a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, she is vocal in her support of her 24-year-old musician son Miles’s cross-dressing. For Jack Henry, 27, the link is with his mother’s activism – he credits her with making him incorporate it into his work as a director. Last year, they made Storied Streets, across the US. ‘Activism has to do with your heart,’ he says. ‘I inherited my heart from my mother.’
Here, then, is the thing about Susan Sarandon: Nothing about her is predictable. She eschews the belief that because she is a Democrat and a woman she must worship at the altar of Hillary Clinton and was instead loud in her praise of fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Susan is million) – and she rides around the Burning Man festival on to task for wearing a visible bra to present the ‘In Memoriam’ section at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, she responded with a #TBT image of her younger self, wide-eyed and sans top.
as to why I’m still around,’ she muses on her longevity. ‘I’ve taken years off to have children, I’ve been outspoken politically, and here I am. I’m here because all my plans failed.’
ABOVE Susan at the Warwick Hotel, New York, in 1978 RIGHT Alongside Geena Davis in