After news broke of Robert De Niro and his wife of 20 years, Grace Hightower, the Oscar winning actor is speaking out about the split.
“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,” Robert said in a 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.”
The couple married in 1997 and have two children together, Elliott, 20, and Helen Grace, 6. This is not the first time the couples marriage fell on hard times. In 1999, Robert filed for divorce but the couple reconciled.
The news comes following a tumultuous year for the actor, who is best known for his work in iconic movies such as Taxi Driver, The Godfather and Casino. Earlier this year, De Niro made news when he publicly criticized President Donald Trump. He also was the recipient of a mail bomb last month.