De Niro, 79, Becomes The ‘Godfather’ of Seven

Photo edit of Robert De Niro. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Robert De Niro. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Robert De Niro, the prolific actor in “The Godfather” series now is a father of seven – at the age of 79 years old. In the last decade alone, he has made 19 films, owns successful hospitality ventures, and now has just welcomed his seventh child into the world. The news came as a shock to many, with one reporter responding, “Seven? Oh my goodness! Congratulations, I’m so sorry.”

The news came as a shock to many, prompting speculation about whether he will continue to add to his brood as he ages.

At 79 years old, De Niro shows no signs of slowing down, with four more films in the works this year alone. Some wonder if his prolific baby-making abilities will continue to pay off in the end, or if it will start to take a toll on his already busy schedule. Either way, De Niro’s latest addition to his family has certainly raised eyebrows and garnered attention from fans and critics alike.

According to The Guardian:

This last one counts as news. During an interview with ET Canada to promote his new movie About My Father, reporter Britnee Blair said to De Niro “I know you have six kids”, to which De Niro replied “Seven, actually. I just had a baby”. Blair’s response to this neatly summed up the universal reaction: “Seven? Oh my goodness! Congratulations, I’m so sorry.”

The news of De Niro’s seventh child came as such a surprise, in fact, that ET Canada had to contact his representatives, just to make sure that this wasn’t all just an elaborate prank designed to make us all feel bad about how tired he must be all the time. Confirmation came back quickly; De Niro is definitely a father of seven and, although the name of the mother wasn’t announced, it’s likely to be martial arts instructor Tiffany Chen.

In De Niro’s favour, at least he’s spread them out a bit. He adopted his first child Drena in 1976, when she was five. Her half-brother Raphael was born the same year. Then he had a couple of decades off, before welcoming twins Aaron and Julian with new wife Toukie Smith in 1995. Three years later, after marrying Grace Hightower, De Niro had Elliot. Then in 2011, he and Hightower had a daughter, Helen, via a surrogate. And now there is Mystery De Niro Baby Number Seven. Seven babies in six decades. Which is, however you look at it, a lot of babies.

At 79 years old, Robert De Niro certainly raised eyebrows with the announcement of his seventh child, and made us wonder if he’s trying to break some kind of record for the most babies born to an actor in their golden years. As he continues to work on multiple film projects and expand his business ventures, it remains to be seen if he will continue to add to his brood. Regardless of what the future holds, De Niro’s latest news has certainly sparked controversy and shock as many fans question if having a child at 79 years old is ethical.

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