Robert De Niro shocked fans when he announced he had “a new baby” at the age of 79 in May 2023 – but who is the woman he welcomed baby number 7 with?
Although he did not reveal the mother of his child at the time, the actor went out for a dinner date with Tiffany Chen, who was visibly pregnant just two months before his announcement.
The duo, who met in 2015, first formed a romantic bond in 2021 and has kept their relationship a secret ever since.
Prior to their romance, De Niro had two children each by Diahnne Abbott, Toukie Smith, and Grace Hightower.
The Oscar-winning actor adopted Abbott’s daughter, Drena, in 1976, and a son, Raphael, was born to Abbott that same year. They welcomed twin sons Aaron and Julian with Smith in 1995, followed by Hightower with son Elliot and daughter Helen in 1998 and 2011 respectively.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Chen and his relationship with De Niro.
Working as a martial arts instructor, Chen was named Contestant of the Year in Inside Kung-Fu magazine’s Hall of Fame in 1994 at the age of 26.
“My plan has always been to learn to be as big as my father,” he said of the debut at the time, referring to his father, William Chen.
William currently teaches Tai Chi in the Chelsea area of New York City.
how did they meet
De Niro and Tiffany collaborated on the 2015 movie “The Intern” starring Anne Hathaway.
Tiffany played a Tai Chi instructor in a small role, working with De Niro’s character Ben to practice in an outdoor group.
The “Taxi Driver” star married Hightower during the filming of the movie. He and the actress divorced in 2018 after more than two decades.
De Niro and Tiffany were first seen holding hands during a vacation in the south of France in August 2021.
On the same trip, the couple was photographed kissing on a yacht.
In March 2023, De Niro and Tiffany dumped Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica after a dinner, and at the time the gold medalist’s baby belly was on display in a gray sweater.
De Niro announced in May 2023 that he was embracing a seventh child, correcting an ET Canada reporter who said he was the father of six children.
At the “About My Father” premiere the next day, she told Page Six that she wasn’t surprised by the baby’s arrival and said, “How can you not plan something like this?”
At the same premiere, De Niro’s co-star Kim Catrall reminisces about her visits to the set while gushing out of her relationship with the “amazing” and “sweet” Tiffany and apparently confirming that she’s the baby’s mother.