After staying together for more than 20 years, Hollywood legend Robert De Niro has called it quits with wife Grace Hightower. According to sources, the two have been living separately for a long time now. “Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to,” the insider says.
The couple dated for almost a decade and then tied the knot in 1997. They share two children- 20-year-old son Elliott and 6-year-old daughter Helen Grace. However, this isn't the first time that the two have separated. In 1999, The Wizard of Lies actor filed for divorce.
The couple was even engaged into a custody dispute over their son but soon, they smoothened things over and the divorce was never finalized. Then in November 2004, the two renewed their wedding vows in front of an A-list crowd such as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Tom Brokaw and others.
They 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.
The Raging Bull actor is a proud father of 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.