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Robert DeNiro & Grace Hightower Split After Over 20 Years of Marriage

Robert DeNiro has reportedly split from his wife of over 20 years, Grace Hightower.

“Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to,” said a source close to the family to PEOPLE, revealing that the couple are currently separated and living apart.

The Goodfellas star, 75, married Hightower, 63, in 1997 after a decade of courtship. The couple share two children together: 20-year-old son Elliott and 6-year-old daughter Helen Grace.

DeNiro filed for divorce once before in 1999, engaging in a custody dispute over their son. Eventually, the pair smoothed things out, renewing their vows in 2004 in front of A-list friends like Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.

Sputnik News reports many fans believe their separation may be politically motivated, as Hightower is a reported Trump supporter while DeNiro has publicly criticized the POTUS on several occasions.

“Rumors running rampant De Niro’s wife of 20 years & mother to two of his kids, was a #MAGA #Trump fan making #DeNiro go into panic, near heart attack modes, lose sleep & walk down New York City sidewalks cursing ‘f*ck Trump ’cause you’re not f*cking me,’” reads a tweet from Zenith News.

Neither DeNiro nor Hightower have addressed separation reports.

The Oscar-winner was previously married to Diahnne Abbott, with whom he shares two children — daughter Drena, 47, and son Raphael, 42.

Robert DeNiro and Diahnne Abbot Credit: The King of Comedy

He also has 23-year-old twin sons, Julian and Aaron, with ex Toukie Smith, best known for her role as Eva Rawley on 227. 


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