Robert De Niro and his Children: Who's the mother of his seventh Child?
Robert De Niro smiling (Image via Twitter)

Veteran actor and father of 6 children Robert De Niro welcome his seventh child at the age of 79. He shares his beloved kids with four women- two with Diahnne Abbott, Toukie Smith, and Grace Hightower. Robert De Niro is also believed to have welcomed his seventh child with Tiffany Chen.

The Mean Streets star shared his parenting style with ET Canada in May 2023, saying he has to shift between being ‘loving’ and a ‘stern’ father while raising his children. “There isn’t a way around with the kids. I don’t like to lay down the laws, but at times, there is no other choice,Robert De Niro shared with extensive experience in parenting between 1976 to 2023.

The mother of Robert De Niro’s seventh child Tiffany Chen is a martial arts instructor

Tiffany Chen in The Intern
Tiffany Chen in the stills of the movie The Intern starring Robert De Niro (Image via YouTube)

Not much is known about Tiffany Chen however, according to the news outlet People, she has dozens of gold medals and world titles as an athlete. She was born into a martial arts family as the daughter of Grandmaster William C.C. Chen and has immersed herself in martial arts since childhood.

  • Tiffany Chen was honored in the Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Fame in February 2011 at the age of 26, and she also has a background in dance with professional training in ballet and hula. Per her website, she took up swimming and gymnastics at age 5.
  • Tiffany Chen also has three gold medals in figure skating and training in ballroom dancing. Her passion lies in Tai Chi, so she pursued her career as a martial arts instructor, leading to her meeting with Robert De Niro.
  • The couple worked together on the 2015 movie The Intern, where she played the role of De Niro’s martial arts instructor. Paparazzi caught the two on vacation in the South of France in 2021, but little is known about their relationship.

The children of Robert De Niro and their mothers

Robert De Niro Children and Mothers
Robert De Niro in front of a blue background (Image via Twitter)

1) Drena De Niro

After their marriage, the Dirty Grandpa star adopted Drena De Niro, daughter of model-actress Diahnne Abbott, in 1976. Drena was born in 1971 and got her stepfather’s surname at that time. She has also followed his footsteps in acting with movies such as Great Expectations and Joy.

  • Additionally, she has worked as a model and DJ, similar to her mother. She also created the production house Daredevil Films and Television. Drena welcomed her first son Leandro in 2003 with her then-boyfriend Carlos Rodriguez.

2) Raphael De Niro

Seven months after the marriage of Robert De Niro and Diahnne Abbott, they welcomed their son Raphael De Niro. Although he didn’t pursue a career in Hollywood like his father, Robert De Niro, he did help many A-listers find their ideal home while working at Douglas Elliman.

  • Raphael De Niro married fellow broker Claudine De Matos in 2008 and separated in 2015. They had three children, and when their divorce was finalized in January 2020, Raphael reportedly started dating his current wife and stylist, Hannah Carnes.

3-4) Aaron Kendrick De Niro and Julian Henry De Niro

Robert De Niro separated from Diahnne Abbott in 1988, and reports of his romantic connection with actress Toukie Smith came the same year. Together they welcomed twins Aaron Kendrick De Niro and Julian Henry De Niro a year before separating in 1996.

  • Aaron Kendrick De Niro avoided the spotlight, unlike his brother and actor Julian Henry De Niro. Julian made his acting debut with the 2016 film In Dubious Battle alongside James Franco and Selena Gomez. He also recently starred as young President Obama in Showtime’s First Lady.

5) Elliot De Niro

Robert De Niro tied the knot with Grace Hightower in 1998, a year after his separation from Toukie Smith in 1997. Their son, Elliot De Niro, was born in March of the following year, and they shared his autism diagnosis in 2016.

  • Although De Niro has clarified that he isn’t against vaccination, he did share that “something is not quite right with the process” in 2017, as per Page Six. Meanwhile, Elliot De Niro is well-known for his achievements as a star tennis player in the Special Olympics.

6) Helen Grace De Niro

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower welcomed their second child Helen Grace De Niro, with the help of surrogacy in December 2011. The couple separated in 2018 after two decades of marriage and has kept Helen Grace De Niro out of the spotlight.

  • The Golden Globe-winning star released a statement at the time of their separation stating that they are going through a difficult yet constructive transition period in their relationship. “I respect Grace Hightower as a wonderful mother and request privacy as we develop our roles as partners in parenting.”

7) Robert De Niro and Tiffany Chen’s child

In May 2023, Robert De Niro made headlines after sharing that he had welcomed his seventh child. The news was released after he corrected a reporter from ET Canada, stating he is the father of seven children as he has recently welcomed a child.

  • Although the Intern star did not confirm the maternity of the martial arts instructor Tiffany Chen, they have been roped in the spotlight since 2021. Paparazzi captured Chen’s baby bump in April 2023 when she was out on dinner with Robert De Niro.

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