Robert De Niro Reveals He Welcomed Baby No. 7

Robert De Niro is a dad, again! The Oscar winner confirmed that he recently welcomed a baby, his seventh child, who joins the 79-year-old’s six children from his three previous relationships.

Robert De Niro is taking on a role of a lifetime: dad of seven.

The Oscar winner recently welcomed another child, E! News can confirm, though the identity of the child’s mother has not been made public.

De Niro first shared the baby news with ET Canada, noting that he now has “seven” kids total and adding, “I just had a baby.”

The new bundle of joy joins the six other kids in the De Niro family, including Drena, 51, and Raphael, 46—who he shares with ex Diahnne Abbott—as well as his 27-year-old twin sons Aaron and Julian with ex Toukie Smith. De Niro is also dad to son Elliot, 25, and daughter Helen, 11, from his marriage to Grace Hightower. (De Niro and Hightower filed for divorce in 2018 after more than 20 years together.)

“Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process,” he told E! News in a Nov. 2018 statement. “I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.”

During his recent interview, the private actor—who coincidentally stars in the new film About My Father—shared rare insight into his life as a dad and his parenting style.

“I mean, there’s no way around it with kids. I don’t like to have to lay down the law and stuff like that. But, [sometimes] you just have no choice,” he told ET Canada. “And any parent, I think, would say the same thing.”

He added, “You always want to do the right thing by the children and give them the benefit of the doubt but sometimes you can’t.”

And although De Niro is one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, he doesn’t exactly consider himself a “cool” dad.

“I’m okay,” he said. “You know, my kids disagree with me at times, and they’re respectful. My daughter, she’s 11, she gives me grief sometimes and I argue with her. I adore her, but, you know. And my youngest now, that’ll be more to come. But, that’s what it is.”

Keep reading for a full guide to his family…

Robert De Niro met his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, while making Taxi Driver, in which Diahnne had a bit part as the ticket taker at a porn theater Travis Bickle patronizes in the gritty 1976 classic and they tied the knot April 28, 1976.

He adopted Diahnne’s daughter Drena, now 52, when they got married.

Their son Raphael was born Nov. 9, 1976. He later recalled the family moving from Los Angeles (where his dad was born) to New York (the city his dad is most associated with) when he was about 10, telling The Real Deal it was a major “culture shock.”

The actors divorced in 1988.

Drena, whose first Instagram post is a black-and-white snap of her as a child out to dinner with her parents and then-couple Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston (“at this point all I wonder is WTF was I doing there ???”), has remained in show business as an actor and producer.

Growing up, “it definitely wasn’t the typical family lifestyle,” she told Everything Zoomer, “but there was a lot of warmth, fun, craziness.” She described her father as “a non-judgmental, open-minded person, always accepting of what people feel their paths are.”

Raphael went into real estate, which also runs in the family. Per his website, he leads The De Niro Team at Douglas Elliman in Manhattan, and he’s a partner in TriBeCa’s Greenwich Hotel.

The 46-year-old shares three kids with ex-wife Claudine de Matos and has been married to stylist Hannah Carnes since March 2020.

Acknowledging his last name alone turned him into fodder for tabloid coverage, Raphael told The Real Deal, “I just try to keep my head down and keep my private life private.”

Drena is mom to Leandro De Niro Rodriguez with artist ex Carlos Rodriguez.

Leandro, born in 2003, has also ventured into the family business and appeared with Drena in 2018’s A Star Is Born.

The actor and model Touki Smith are parents to twin sons Julian and Aaron, born Oct. 20, 1995.

Robert and Touki split up in 1996 after about eight years together.

While Aaron leads a private life, Julian is an actor who most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. In 2022 he played a young Barack Obama in the Showtime limited series The First Lady.

“For my kids, I tell them, ‘If you want to be an actor or you want to do this or that, that’s fine as long as you’re happy. Just don’t sell yourself short,’” the Meet the Parents star told People in January 2020. “That’s the most I would say—push yourself a little more and reach for what you really think it is you want to do. Don’t be afraid.”

He also shares son Elliot, born March 18, 1998, and daughter Helen Grace, born via surrogate in December 2011, with Grace Hightower.

They married in 1997 and the actor filed for divorce barely two years later, but they reconciled before the split was official and renewed their vows in 2004.

They again began divorce proceedings in 2018.

When promoting Silver Linings Playbook, in which he played a father of an adult son with bipolar disorder, he opened up about having a child with special needs, telling Katie Couric in 2013, “I don’t like to get emotional, but I know exactly what [my character] goes through.” In 2016 he shared that Elliott has autism.

Father of Seven
Mum’s the word on the identity of his youngest child’s mother, but the 79-year-old told ET Canada on May 8, 2023, that he’d become a father for the seventh time.

“My kids disagree with me at times, and they’re respectful,” he shared when asked if his children considered him a cool dad. “My daughter [Helen], she’s 11, she gives me grief sometimes and I argue with her. I adore her, but, you know. And my youngest now, that’ll be more to come. But that’s what it is.”