Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro Splits from Wife Grace Hightower After Over 20 Years of Marriage

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Legendary Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro has split from his wife, Grace Hightower, after more than 20 years of marriage, according to multiple sources.

A source close to the former couple told Page Six on Tuesday that De Niro, 75, and Hightower, 63, are “not living together at this time.”

“Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to,” an insider says.

De Niro met Hightower — a former flight attendant for TWA — in 1987 when she was working at famed eatery Mr. Chow in London.

She said of their early relationship in a 2013 New York Times profile: “It was an ease-in. It wasn’t a whirlwind.”

The Wizard of Lies actor, 75, married Hightower, 63, in 1997 after dating for nearly a decade. They share two children together: 20-year-old son Elliott and 6-year-old daughter Helen Grace.

This isn’t the first time the two have separated. De Niro filed for divorce in 1999 and engaged into a custody dispute over their son. The pair eventually resolved the issue and the divorce was never finalized.

In November 2004, the two renewed their vows in front of an A-list crowd such as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Tom Brokaw and others.

At the time, the Raging Bull actor jokingly referred to their previous marital problems saying he wanted to “make sure this one sticks.”

The two were last seen on the red carpet in June when they attended the 72nd Annual Tony Awards in New York City. While De Niro has kept his private life out of the spotlight, he did show his softer side while speaking about his family.

De Niro and Hightower at the Tony Awards in New York City

“There are great moments and moments of sadness,” he previously told PEOPLE of raising his kids. “Sometimes you’re the last person they want to deal with. It’s like when you walk your kids to school and they get older and they don’t want to hold your hand or kiss you goodbye.”

De Niro also has four other children: daughter Drena, 47, and son Raphael, 42 with former wife Diahnne Abbott, as well as 23-year-old twin sons Julian and Aaron, with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith.


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