Robert De Niro Announces Split from His Wife

November 28, 2018

Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro, has confirmed his split from his wife of 20 years, philanthropist Grace Hightower.

The “Raging Bull” actor – who was previously married to actress Diahnne Abbott before divorcing her in 1988 – married Hightower in 1997 after nearly 10 years of dating.

However, their marriage hit a rocky patch in 1999, which saw De Niro filing for divorce. They later renewed their wedding vows in 2004.

Rumours of the couple’s separation emerged last week; a source told a publication that the pair were no longer living together.

Now, in a statement provided by his representative, the 75-year-old actor announced that he and his 63-year-old wife had indeed separated.

De Niro said: “[Hightower] and I have two beautiful children [Elliot and Helen] together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process.”

He added: “I honour [Hightower] as a wonderful mother, and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.”