Mother’s Day isn’t typically considered a major milestone for most men. But on May 10, Rob Lowe had plenty to celebrate as he rang in a quarter-century of sobriety.
“[Twenty-five] years ago today, I found recovery; and a life of promise," tweeted the actor. He followed the inspirational message with another one to show gratitude to his wife since 1991, Sheryl Berkoff, 53: “To @Sheryllowe61 and all the beautiful, dedicated, supportive and loving mothers out there: thank you and bless you. #LOVE.”
These days, there’s lots of love to go around for Rob. At 51, the former Brat Packer is a happy husband and father: He and Sheryl have two sons, Matthew, 21, and John, 19. He’s the author of two successful books, and is enjoying a career boom as the star of two upcoming TV shows, Fox’s TheGrinder and NBC’s You, Me and the End of the World.
Most remarkable is that he could’ve easily ended up on a dramatically different path. “Rob was headed for disaster with the drinking and drugging,” an insider tells Closer. “Thankfully, he was able to get his act together.”
Rob and his wife, Sheryl, in November 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
That was no small feat. After skyrocketing to fame in the 1983 flick The Outsiders, Rob quickly became one of the most sought-after — and wildest — heartthrobs of his generation. In his 2011 memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob describes taking so many painkillers during a press trip to Australia that he didn’t remember getting a tattoo the night before.
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