Robert De Niro, 79, Reveals He’s Welcomed His Seventh Child
Robert De Niro revealed in a new interview that he has become a father for the seventh time, and discussed his approach to parenting. Photo: EPK
Robert De Niro has welcomed his seventh child.
The 79-year-old Godfather actor casually revealed the news during an interview with ET Canada while he was in Chicago promoting his new movie, About My Father.
When ET reporter Brittnee Blair inquired about his six kids, De Niro corrected her.
“Seven, actually, I just had a baby,” he said.
Blair then asked the notoriously private actor if he was a cool dad or more prone to the “embarrassing dad moments” like his character in the new film.
“I don’t think I’m a cool father,” De Niro admits. “I’m okay, you know. My kids disagree with me at times, and they’re respectful. My daughter, she’s 11, she gives me grief sometimes and I argue with her. I adore her, but, you know. And my youngest now, that’ll be more to come. But, that’s what it is.”
No other information is being provided about the actor’s new arrival.
He also shares two children — Drena, 51, and Raphael, 46 — with his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, and two children — Elliot, 25, and Helen, 11 — with ex-wife, Grace Hightower. He’s also a father to twin sons Aaron and Julian, 27, with former girlfriend Toukie Smith.
Earlier in the interview, the Meet the Parents star discussed his balanced parenting style, which involves being both loving and stern, when necessary.
“I mean, there’s no way around it with kids. I don’t like to have to lay down the law and stuff like that. But, [sometimes] you just have no choice,” he explained. “And any parent, I think, would say the same thing. You always want to do the right thing by the children and give them the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes you can’t.”
About My Father sees De Niro play Salvo, an old-school Italian father who crashes his son Sebastian’s (Sebastian Maniscalco) weekend visit with his girlfriend’s wealthy parents after learning of his plan to propose.
The film is adapted from a screenplay written by Maniscalco and is loosely based on the comedian’s relationship with his own father.