Surprise! Robert De Niro just welcomed a new baby — at 79 years old! The Oscar-winning actor casually dropped this major news in an interview with ET Canada yesterday, and we are amazed.
When the interviewer mentioned De Niro’s six kids, he corrected her by saying, “Seven, actually.” Then he clarified briefly: “I just had a baby.” That’s it! No details on the sex or name of the baby (or who the baby’s mom is). It’s like he just wanted to set the record straight and move on, and we are picking our jaws up off the floor. Whoever the little one is, they have a 51-year age gap with their eldest sibling, Drena De Niro! (BTW, we’re officially retiring the how-far-apart-is-too-far-apart conversation around family planning now.)
Keep reading for everything we know about De Niro’s family.
Drena De Niro
Drena De Niro, 51, is an actress and filmmaker. She is De Niro’s firstborn child, who he shares with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott.
Raphael De Niro
Raphael De Niro, 46, is a real estate broker and former actor. He is the son of De Niro and his first wife Diahnne Abbott.
Aaron De Niro
De Niro and model and actress Toukie Smith (pictured here) welcomed twins Aaron and Julian De Niro in 1995.
Julian De Niro
27-year-old Julian De Niro is an actor, who recently starred in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window on Broadway. He also played a young Barack Obama in The First Lady on Showtime.
Elliot De Niro
Elliot De Niro is the 24-year-old son of De Niro and ex-wife Grace Hightower. He’s pictured here with his mom and twin half-brothers.
(From L-R): Aaron De Niro, Juilan De Niro, Grace Hightower, Elliot De Niro and Dan Lufkin at The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in New York City in April 2007.
Helen Grace De Niro
Helen Grace De Niro is the 11-year-old daughter of De Niro and his ex-wife Grace Hightower. The trio are pictured above with Chilina Kennedy in the center in a photo taken backstage at the Carole King musical Beautiful on Broadway at The Stephen Sondheim Theater in Sept. 2015.
Baby De Niro
At the red carpet for De Niro’s latest role About My Father on May 6, the actor revealed that he “just had a baby.” He also opened up about parenting to ET Canada, explaining that he sometimes has “to be stern about stuff.”
“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 told the outlet. “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.”
The Godfather star then explained that he doesn’t see himself as a “cool dad.”
“I’m okay,” De Niro said. “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.”
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