Aside from his career as an acting legend, Robert De Niro is proud to have the role of “Dad” on his lengthy resume. In fact, the iconic Irishman star deserves an award for being the most doting father to his six children, Drena De Niro, Raphael De Niro, Aaron De Niro, Julian De Niro, Elliot De Niro and Helen De Niro.
In 1976, the Taxi Driver star experienced parenthood for first time after he tied the knot with singer Diahnne Abbott and welcomed son Raphael that same year. The Oscar winner also became the loving father to Diahnne’s daughter, Drena, from a previous relationship, as he adopted her as his own before the pair split in 1988.
Following his divorce with Diahnne, Robert went on to find love with Toukie Smith. While the Meet the Parents star and the former model never made it down the aisle, they expanded the actor’s family during their time together. In 1995, the ex-duo welcomed twin boys, Julian and Aaron, via in vitro fertilization and were delivered via surrogacy in 1995 before calling it quits not long after.
The Godfather star walked down the aisle for a second time in 1997 with actress Grace Hightower. The couple went on to have a little boy named Elliot in 1998, as well another child, daughter Helen, in 2011. However, after 20 years of marriage, Robert and Grace went their separate ways in 2018.
“I love my children, just being with them,” the icon told Us Weekly at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019. “[But] It’s not easy. When you have the good moments [though], you forget about the ones that weren’t good.”
While Robert certainly isn’t one to hold back when gushing about time with his brood, he also isn’t shy when discussing more difficult topics as a dad. While chatting about the global Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd’s death in late May, the Academy Award winner spoke candidly about what it’s like being a father raising six biracial kids.
“My children are all half black and I don’t have, even me, I take certain things for granted,” he shared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 10. “When people say that they tell their kids, ‘Keep your hands [out] when you’re stopped by any cops, keep your hands on the steering wheel, don’t make a sudden move, don’t put your hands below, don’t do this,’ you understand that.”
“That’s scary,” Robert added, noting as a father he demands “that has to change.”
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