Robert De Niro’s acting style often means he sinks seamlessly into his roles, almost making you forget who you are watching. Having said that, in recent years, reports have suggested his acting choices have not been guided as much by the project itself, but by his need to pay alimony to a previous wife.
Is Robert De Niro married?
Robert De Niro is married to Grace Hightower, however, the pair have been separated since 2018.
The actor has been in an ongoing dispute with his estranged wife over money in their divorce proceedings.
Robert’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss, claimed in a virtual divorce hearing that the Oscar-winner has had to continue working in lesser films like The War With Grandpa, and even the Warburtons adverts in the UK, in order to keep up with costly divorce payments.
She said, as reported in The Sun: “Mr De Niro is 77 years old. While he loves his craft, he should not be forced to work at this prodigious pace because he has to. When does that stop?
“When does he get the opportunity to not take every project that comes along and not work six-day weeks, 12-hour days, so he can keep pace with Ms Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?
“He could get sick tomorrow and the party’s over.”
Her lawyer, Kevin McDonough, disputed this claim, as well as another about Grace’s alleged purchase of an expensive diamond, instead claiming the actor spends money on himself quite happily.
He said: “If he[De Niro] wants to direct or compel his family to leave their long-time home while he’s spending millions and millions and millions on himself, on his own homes, on renovating what his lawyers’ tongue-in-cheek call his cottage, which he has poured millions and millions into over the past couple of years, he can take that position.
“There have been no cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr De Niro’s lifestyle whatsoever.
“When Mr De Niro goes to brunch Sunday in Connecticut, he charters a helicopter up there.
“When he flies down to see his friends in Florida or wherever else, it’s a private jet.”
Robert and Grace have two children together: Elliot, born in 1998, and Helen, born in 2011, reportedly via a surrogate.
Before this, Robert’s first marriage was to Diahnne Abbott, an actress he met while making Taxi Driver.
They had a son Raphael, born in 1976, and Robert adopted Diahnne’s daughter Drena, born in 1971.
After their relationship ended in divorce in 1988, Robert was in a relationship with model Toukie Smith, with whom he had two children, twins Julian and Aaron, who were born via a surrogate.