Robert De Niro’s Heartfelt Reflections on Fatherhood at 80 and Historic Oscar Nomination

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In a recent interview with AARP: The Magazine, veteran actor Robert De Niro expressed his deep affection for his newborn daughter, describing the experience of fatherhood at 80 as “wonderful.” De Niro, a two-time Oscar winner, welcomed his seventh child, named Gia, with his partner Tiffany Chen last May. Reflecting on his bond with his daughter, De Niro shared, “Everything that I’m consumed with or worried about or this and that just goes away when I look at her. So, that in itself is wondrous.”

De Niro spoke of Gia’s captivating presence, noting her sweet and observant nature. He expressed curiosity about her future development, remarking on her ability to perceive and absorb her surroundings. Despite being an 80-year-old father, De Niro emphasized the joy he finds in Gia’s presence and his desire to cherish every moment with her.

The actor has six other children from previous relationships: Drena and Raphael with his first wife Diahnne Abbott, twins Julian and Aaron with ex Toukie Smith, and Elliot and Helen Grace with his second wife Grace Hightower.

De Niro’s recent Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” marks a historic moment in his career. With this nomination, De Niro now holds the record for the longest gap between his first and most recent Oscar nominations, spanning 49 years since his initial nod for “The Godfather Part II” in 1975.

Alongside De Niro, his “Killers of the Flower Moon” collaborators Martin Scorsese and Lily Gladstone also achieved significant milestones. Scorsese earned his 10th Oscar nomination, solidifying his status as the most-nominated living filmmaker. Meanwhile, Lily Gladstone made history as the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar nomination. Notably absent from the nominations was the film’s lead actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, who was overlooked by The Academy.

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