Say it isn’t so! After two decades of marriage, legendary actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower are calling it quits. We’ve got the details.
After nearly thirty years together — twenty of them as husband and wife — actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower have split, Page Six is reporting. A source tells the site “They are not living together at this time” and that the Oscar winner will be making the breakup publicly known in the weeks to come. Grace has not accompanied her famous husband to events in recent months and the source tells the site “De Niro and Grace are breaking up. He’s been at a few things since the very end of the summer without her — and rumor has it they are done.”
The 75-year-old and the former flight attendant married in 1997 after nearly 10 years of dating and have a 20-year-old son Elliot and a six-year-old daughter Helen Grace. The Raging Bull acting icon met the 63-year-old in 1987 when she was working at London’s Mr. Chow eatery. She told they New York Times in a 2013 profile about their relationship that “It was an ease-in. It wasn’t a whirlwind.” Isn’t that the truth. They waited a decade to marry.
The couple hit a rough patch two years into their wedded union. De Niro filed for divorce in 1999 but they reconciled and even had a vow renewal ceremony in 2004. Grace has had small acting roles, including 2009’s Precious and 2012’s The Paper Boy, but is mainly known as a New York City socialite and philanthropist. She founded “Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda” in 2013 with the mission of marketing products from the impoverished African country internationally. She also sits on the board of several major organizations, including the New York Fund for Public Schools.
De Niro is considered one of the greatest actors of his generation and is a seven time Academy Award nominee. He won Oscars in 1974 for The GodFather Part II and 1980’s boxing drama Raging Bull. In his latter years he’s transitioned to comedies such as the Meet The Family franchise as well as Dirty Grandpa. He’s even appeared on Saturday Night Live this season doing a killer impression of Donald Trump Russian probe investigator Robert Mueller. De Niro has been an outspoken opponent of the president, who got in a feud with the actor, calling him “low I.Q” in a Twitter post.