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Tiffany Chen On Parenthood with Robert De Niro, and Facing Health Challenges

From diaper duty to endearing giggles, De Niro demonstrates that fatherhood at the age of 80 is the ultimate role he was born for.

In a whirlwind of love, laughter, and baby bliss, this Oscar-winning icon proves that age is just a number when it comes to cherishing life’s most precious moments.

De Niro announced in May 2023 that he had welcomed his seventh child, which was later revealed to have been born one month earlier.

In June 2023, the actor revealed that his six older children had yet to meet his and Tiffany Chen’s baby, a situation that has since changed.

“The kids all get a huge kick out of her,” De Niro said on Wednesday. “The grandchildren too. She is their aunt, and they are about to become teenagers!” De Niro has two children with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott: Drena, 52, and Raphael, 46; twins Julian and Aaron, 28, with ex Toukie Smith; and children Elliot, 25, and Helen, 12, with ex-wife Grace Hightower.

He is also the grandfather of Raphael’s three children, as well as Drena’s late son, Leandro, who died in July 2023 at the age of 19.

De Niro, who recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Killers of the Flower Moon, also stated that he enjoys spending time with all of his children. “The fact that they’d all be together is everything to me,” he told the outlet.

He added that being a father to a 10-month-old at the age of 80 has taught him to be “prepared to take whatever life throws at me.”

Shortly after his and Chen’s baby news broke, De Niro revealed that his partner’s pregnancy was not unexpected. “How could you not plan that kind of thing?” he asked Page Six in May 2023.

Gia made her television debut on a July 2023 episode of CBS Mornings, when Chen, 45, told host Gayle King that the baby had made her and De Niro’s lives “more fun.”

Tiffany Chen and Robert De Niro
Tiffany Chen and Robert De Niro

During the interview, Tiffany Chen revealed that she experienced health complications after Gia’s birth, causing her to lose facial function. When Chen returned to the hospital, he was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a condition in which facial muscles become temporarily weak.

De Niro previously praised Chen, with whom he has been romantically involved since 2021, for doing the “heavy lifting” in caring for Gia. “I am there to support my girlfriend. “But she does the work,” he told The Guardian in October 2023. “And we have help, which is extremely valuable.”

During an AARP The Magazine video interview last month, De Niro became emotional while discussing Gia. “It feels great,” he said of fatherhood. “When I look at her, everything I am consumed with or worried about fades away. It is wonderful.”

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