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Robert De Niro becoming father at 80 to 7th child: Wants to be around

Robert De Niro opens up about joys of fatherhood at 80, talks about the profound impact of daughter Gia. #RobertDeNiro #Fatherhood

In a rare and heartfelt interview with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the iconic Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, known for his legendary career and partnership with Martin Scorsese, shared his deeply emotional experience of fatherhood at the age of 80. De Niro, typically known for his stoicism, revealed a seldom-seen side of himself as he opened up about the "wondrous" experience of parenting his newborn daughter, Gia, with film producer Tiffany Chen.

With tears welling up in his eyes, De Niro expressed the profound impact that Gia has had on his life, stating, "I'm an 80-year-old dad, and it's great." He candidly shared the transformative effect of fatherhood, acknowledging that everything else he is consumed with or worried about simply fades away when he looks at her.

In a departure from his usual guardedness about his private life, De Niro discussed the unique connection he shares with Gia and how it compares to his earlier experiences as a father. He reflected on the distinctive qualities of each daughter, drawing parallels between Gia and his daughter with ex-wife Grace Hightower, Helen.

The Oscar-winning star, who is celebrating his 10th collaboration with Scorsese in "Killers of the Flower Moon," proudly shared details about his blended family. Gia, born in April to De Niro and 65-year-old Chen, is the seventh child the actor has fathered over 47 years and the first with Chen. De Niro expressed his curiosity and excitement about Gia's future, stating, "So, I don't know where it's gonna go with her later on -- when she gets older. But she's thinking, she's observing everything and watching. It's really interesting. I want to be around for as long as I can, to enjoy it. Enjoy her."

De Niro's candid and emotional interview provides a rare glimpse into the personal life of the legendary actor, showcasing his deep love and appreciation for his children and the joy that fatherhood has brought him.

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