Lasting two whole decades with the same person in Hollywood feels like at least the #12 or #13 reason to qualify for an Honorary Oscar. But 20 years might clearly be their limit, and People is reporting that Robert De Niro and his wife of 20 years, Grace Hightower, are not together at the moment.
A source says that 75-year-old Robert and 63-year-old Grace have separated and aren’t living together. The source adds: “Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to.” Ain’t that the truth. Last night I made a holiday wreath for my house, and today I’m still picking sap nuggets out of my hair. Please, save your tears for Robert and Grace, they need it more than I do.
A source tells Page Six that Robert has been attending events alone since the end of the summer, and that they’re expected to officially announce their split sometime in the next few weeks.
Robert and Grace share a 20-year-old son named Elliott and a 6-year-old daughter named Helen (Robert has four other kids from two previous relationships). A year after Elliott was born in 1998, Robert filed for divorce from Grace. But their divorce was never finalized and they renewed their vows in 2004. During their vow renewal ceremony, they reportedly had two judges officiating. Robert said it was to “make sure this one sticks.” If they decide to get back together, he’s going to have to make sure their next vow renewal ceremony has at least four or five. Because apparently two voices asking “Are you sure you want to do this again?” wasn’t enough.
Sources don’t say why they split again, but I’ll be the shady one to point back to a story from February 2017, in which Robert allegedly got into a fight with Grace at a bar over her coffee company, Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda. Robert hissed that he wouldn’t have to make “shitty movies” if she didn’t blow through all his money. Oh no – a divorce would surely cost more than a failing coffee business. I see many more shitty movies in Robert’s future. Zac Efron should probably expect a call from his agent asking about Dirty Grandpa 2: Clean Up On Aisle 69.