Robert De Niro Confirms Split From Wife

Star Confirms Divorce Robert De Niro has broken his silence about recent reports that he and his wife Grace Hightower have separated. De Niro has confirmed he has split...

Star Confirms Divorce

Robert De Niro has broken his silence about recent reports that he and his wife Grace Hightower have separated. De Niro has confirmed he has split from his wife of 21 years, Grace Hightower.

It was reported a week ago that the 75-year-old Casino actor and his longtime partner Grace, 63, were no longer living together. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the star said: “Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process.”

“I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.” The Raging Bull star, who shares 20-year-old Elliot and six-year-old Helen with his wife, was spotted on the red carpet last week at a MoMa event in New York City without the former flight attendant by his side.

The duo were last pictured on the red carpet in June at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards in New York City. It is not the first split for the couple, who were wed in 1997, before Robert filed for divorce two years into their union however the arrangement was never finalized.

Robert and Grace eventually reunited, renewing their marriage vows in 2004 in front of an A-list crowd such as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Ben Stiller. The actor is notoriously private about his relationship with Grace. De Niro had previously been married to actress Diahnne Abbott, from 1976 to 1988.

The pair had a son, Raphael, in 1976 while the Oscar-winning actor adopted Abbott’s daughter Drena from a previous relationship. He also has two children with ex Toukie Smith, twin boys Aaron and Julian.

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