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Robert De Niro has split up with his wife of more than twenty years, according to reports in Page Six. A source told the publication that 75 year old Bobby and his wife Grace Hightower are "not living together at this time".
The report suggests that they will announce that they have officially split up in the next few weeks.
Several social sources have noticed in recent times that De Niro has been appearing in public at events that he would otherwise have been at with 63 year old Hightower.
In fact, at an event at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Monday, he noticeably appeared without his wife, who is an actress, philanthropist, and socialite.
The couple have two children, six year old Helen and 20 year old Eliot.
The pair married in 1997 but have had their fair share of problems. Just two years after they were married, De Niro filed the papers to divorce Hightower, although it was never followed through on.
The pair eventually sorted things out and held a ceremony at which they renewed their vows back in 2004.
Despite leading a remarkable private life for a man of his stature and fame, Robert - disappointingly - has spoken out in the past about how he believes that childhood vaccinations are responsible for his son Eliot's autism.
Back in 2017, he told Today: "The vaccines are dangerous to certain people who are more susceptible.'
"Nobody seems to want to address that, or they say they've addressed it and it's a closed issue, but it doesn't seem to be.
"There are many people who will come out and say I saw my kid change overnight. I saw what happened, I should have done something, and I didn't.
"There's more to this than meets the eye, believe me."
De Niro has been married once before, between the years of 1976 to 1988, to Diahnne Abbott. The pair had a son called Raphael in 1976, and Abbott formally adopted De Niro's young daughter Drena.
The Taxi Driver star also has two other children with his ex-partner Toukie Smith - twins called Aaron and Julian.
De Niro spoke about his marriage to Hightower with journalist Katie Couric in 2013, during which interview he said that marriage involves "a lot of give and take, standing your ground, because then you keep the respect you started out with."
However, a year later he gave an interview to The Independent in which he seemed more cautious.
De Niro said: "The only thing I would say is that if you get married, it's easier probably not to have children if you're going to split up - it makes life simpler."
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