Robert De Niro Tearfully Shared What Is Like to Be a Dad of Toddler at His 80s

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Robert De Niro has portrayed many fatherly roles in films and has extensive experience as a father in real life. Most recently, at the age of 79, he welcomed another child just a year ago. De Niro has now shared some insights into his journey through fatherhood, reflecting on the joys and challenges it brings.

Robert De Niro recently shared the immense joy his daughter Gia brings to his life as he reflected on celebrating her first birthday. In an interview with producer Jane Rosenthal, De Niro spoke warmly about the happiness Gia has brought him.

“I’m an 80-year-old dad, and it’s great,” the actor shared. “Everything that I’m consumed with or worried about or this or that just goes away when I look at her.”

“Yes, she did. She had a little cake, it was very nice, sweet,” De Niro confirmed when asked about Gia’s first birthday and her first cake. Reflecting on his youngest daughter, he added, “Well, she’s pure joy, there’s nothing about her, there’s no judgment, there’s no anything, she just is what she is, and it’s just pure joy for God’s sake.”

De Niro, who will turn 81 in the summer of 2024, remains undeterred by age. Emphasizing his commitment to staying active, he stated, “I mean, I try to keep active in everything, and yeah, what else am I gonna do?” When the notion of retiring to take up golf was suggested, De Niro humorously dismissed it, admitting he’s not good at golf and prefers to stick to acting.

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In May 2023, De Niro and his girlfriend, Tiffany Chen, welcomed Gia, their first child together and his seventh. De Niro’s large family also includes his adult children Drena, 56, and Raphael, 47, with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott; 28-year-old twin sons, Aaron and Julian, with former girlfriend Toukie Smith; and son Elliot, 26, and daughter Helen, 12, with ex-wife Grace Hightower.

When Robert De Niro had just welcomed Gia, people were expressing their different opinions and some of them began a whole thread in social networks.


Later in 2023, De Niro shared that raising a child “doesn’t get easier,” but credited his partner for making things more manageable. “You never know what’s going to happen,” De Niro said of being a parent. “They surprise you.”

“It is what it is. It’s OK. I mean, I don’t do the heavy lifting,” De Niro admitted. “I’m there, I support my girlfriend. But she does the work. And we have help, which is so important.”

Despite the challenges, the two-time Oscar winner expressed his enduring love for fatherhood. “Of course I do... [I enjoy] all of it!” he noted. “With a baby, it’s different to with my 11-year-old. My adult children. My grandchildren. It’s all different.”

Not only has Robert De Niro become a father many times, but many other famous men also have multiple children. Celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Elon Musk, and Mick Jagger are known for having large families too. And also there are stars who became dads in their late ages. They all enjoy the joys and challenges of raising several kids.


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