Robert De Niro: I want to live as long as I can for my baby daughter

Robert De Niro and Tiffany Chen attend the 35th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards in Palm Springs, California, U.S., January 4, 2024
Mr De Niro's seventh child, and first with Ms Chen, was born last year - Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
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Robert De Niro has said he wants “to be around for as long as I can” for his baby daughter, after having a seventh child aged 80.

The actor said it was “great” that he had a child so late in life, but said he didn’t “know where it’s going to go” with her as she grows up.

Mr De Niro, who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in Killers of the Flower Moon, shared his thoughts on elderly parenting with the American Association of Retired Persons on Thursday.

“I’m an 80-year-old dad and it’s great,” he said.

“Everything that I’m consumed with or worried about just goes away when I look at her. It’s wondrous.”

He said that his nine-month-old, Gia, had been “observing every little thing,” adding: “She has a very sweet kind of way of looking at you and just taking you in.”

‘How’d you get her pregnant at 80?’

Mr De Niro had his seventh child last year with his girlfriend Tiffany Chen, 45.

The pair met on set while working on the 2015 film The Intern in which Ms Chen portrayed his character’s tai chi instructor.

They began a relationship “a couple of years later” after they “got back in touch” with each other, she has previously said.

Mr De Niro has previously said that much of the “heavy lifting” in raising the child falls to Ms Chen, although she claimed he was “very supportive”.

The actor’s advanced age became the subject of a joke by the Golden Globes host Jo Koy earlier this month.

Referencing Gia’s birth, Mr Koy told Mr De Niro: “Man, I swear to God, your last performance is going to be your greatest performance ever.

“How’d you get her pregnant at 80? CGI?”

Mr De Niro has been married twice, most recently to Grace Hightower. The pair tied the knot in 1997 and separated in 2018.

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