Award-winning actor, Robert De Niro, is about to have a very rocky holiday season.
After more than 20 years of marriage and 10 years of dating, Robert De Niro has officially requested a divorce from his wife, Grace Hightower.
De Niro, 75, and Hightower, 63, began dating in the late 1980’s. De Niro, who has been critically acclaimed actor, and Hightower share two children: a 20-year-old son, Elliott, and a 6-year-old daughter, Helen Grace.
While Robert Di Niro is typically one to shy away from media attention, he and his wife’s relationship status has been a popular topic in the media before. According to PEOPLE, the couple nearly called it quits in 1999. T the time, was just a baby.
Their potential split made headlines during the couple’s custody battle but eventually, the couple decided to work through their issues. In 2004, less than 10 years after their marriage, the couple renewed their vows. Since then, they’ve virtually been out of the public eye.
But in late November, PageSix learned that the couple was having very serious problems again. This time, they had decided to separate physically as an insider share that the couple was no longer living with each other. While no rep has confirmed the split between the star actor and his wife, the insider shares that the couple will likely announce their split in the upcoming weeks.
Tragically, this divorce involves children. The couple’s 6-year-old, Helen Grace, arrived 14 years after their now 20-year-old-son when Robert was 69 years old and Grace was 57 years old. While the separation will likely be difficult for their older son, Elliott, it will now change the course of little Helen’s future.
This is also not Robert De Niro’s first divorce has he and his wife, Diahnne Abbott share two children, Drena, 47, and Ralph, 42. He also has a set of twins, 23-year-olds, Julian and Aaron, from his former girlfriend, Toukie Smith. Please keep all of the children in your prayers this holiday season.