Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower: It's Over After More Than 20 Years

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As much as we enjoy acting legend Robert De Niro's feuding with Donald Trump, De Niro has now entered a very different conflict.

He and his wife, Grace Hightower, have reportedly separated and are living apart.

The couple has been married for more than two decades.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

People reports that Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower have separated.

Having married in 1997, the two of them have been together for more than twenty years.

Now, they are apparently living apart.

As for the reason why, People's report really can't say.

All that their source reveals is that: "Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to."

That is certainly true.

Robert De Niro With Grace Hightower

De Niro is 75. Hightower is 63.

The couple shares a 20-year-old son, Elliott, and a 6-year-old daughter, Helen Grace.

Their daughter was born via surrogate.

Notably, this is not the first time that the couple has split.

In 1999, just two years after getting married and one year after their son was born, De Niro filed for divorce.

The couple also engaged in a custody dispute over Elliott, who was a baby at the time.

Ultimately, they reconciled, never finalizing their divorce.

In 2004, they renewed their vows.

Robert De Niro Waves With Grace Hightower

De Niro has been married once before.

In 1976, he married Diahnne Abbott.

Together, they have a son named Raphael.

De Niro also adopted Diahnne's daughter, Drena De Niro.

It is through these two that De Niro has four grandchildren.

He split from Diahnne in 1988.

In 1995, he had twin sons, Aaron Kendrick and Julian Henry de Niro.

They were conceived via in vitro fertilization and delivered via surrogate during his relationship with Toukie Smith.

Robert De Niro

Despite his generally very good political views, De Niro has not been without controversy.

Part of that controversy arose from De Niro's interest in autism, as his son Elliott is autistic.

Most infamously, in 2016, many of his fans felt betrayed when he supported Vaxxed for the Tribeca Film Festival.

Vaxxed is an absurd "documentary" that purportes a widely debunked theory that there's been a cover-up over a causal link between vaccines and autism.

De Niro ultimately withdrew his recommendation after discussing the film with the scientific community.

(Obviously, not only do vaccines not cause autism, but even if they did, only a monster would prefer a dead neurotypical child to a living and healthy autistic kid)

It came to light that Andrew Wakefield, the film's infamous director, had been in contact with Hightower.

Wakefield reportedly told the couple "your family's life [has] been blighted by autism."

Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro

Sometimes people with special agendas target celebrities with misinformation in order to gain a platform for their ideas.

Has fallout over this disagreement played a role in the downfall of this marriage?

We honestly have no idea.

They've been married since 1997, folks. All relationships, all marriages, end one way or another.

Perhaps it is simply time for them to move on.

Or maybe they'll work things out again and, in a few years, they'll renew their vows.

We wish their entire family the best.

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