At the age of 79, legendary Hollywood actor Robert De Niro announced the birth to his seventh child, according to an exclusive interview with ET Canada. De Niro spoke on fatherhood during the interview while promoting his next movie, “About My Father." The 79-year-old expressed his views on parenting and said that, although he dislikes having to correct his children, it is occasionally essential.
His first wife, Diahnne Abbott, is the mother of his son Raphael, 46, and daughter Drena, 51. Along with his former partner, model and actress Toukie Smith, he welcomed twin boys Julian and Aaron, now 27 years old, in 1995. With his ex-wife Grace Hightower, De Niro also shares a daughter Helen Grace, 11, and a son Elliot, 24.
The 79-year-old Oscar winner in his interview opened up about parenthood while promoting his upcoming movie 'About My Father'.
"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 shared while explaining his take on fatherhood.
"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." When the interviewer asked about his six children, he corrected, "Seven, actually."
"I just had a baby," he revealed. However, he did not reveal details about his newest family member or about his partner.
A representative for De Niro later confirmed that he is actually a father of seven.
The Godfather actor is also a grandfather. He said that the best part of being a parent or grandparent can do is push their kids to reach for their dreams.
The news of De Niro’s seventh child comes as a surprise to many, given his age. However, people are becoming parents at ever-increasing ages, a trend that can have implications for the health of the pregnancy, the babies and the women who birth them.