Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro were married for two decades. Picture: Getty Images
Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro were married for two decades. Picture: Getty Images

De Niro in shock marriage split

Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and his wife of more than 20 years have separated, according to reports.

De Niro, 75, and Grace Hightower, 63, have been living apart for some time, The Hollywood Reporter, celebrity website TMZ and People magazine said, quoting anonymous sources.

De Niro's spokesman did not return a request for comment.

The Raging Bull actor and Hightower married in 1997 and have two children. It was De Niro's second marriage.

 

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower have called it quits. Picture: Getty Images
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower have called it quits. Picture: Getty Images

"Sometimes things don't work out the way you hope or want them to," a source close to the family told People magazine.

De Niro, one of America's most respected actors and winner of two Oscars, has tended to keep his family and his private life out of the spotlight.

He made headlines last month when he was among a slew of critics of US President Donald Trump who were sent crude pipe bombs in the mail.

 

The former couple pictured together in April last year. Picture: Getty Images
The former couple pictured together in April last year. Picture: Getty Images

 

The man charged with mailing the bombs, Cesar Sayoc, has pleaded not guilty to all 30 charges against him in a federal court.

If convicted, Sayoc faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years.

Judge Jed Rakoff set Sayoc's trial date for July 15, 2019. Prosecutors said they expected the government's case would take three weeks and would include experts in forensics, explosive devices and the chemistry of the explosives in those devices.

Sayoc, a 56-year-old former stripper and pizza delivery driver who lived in a white van festooned with right-wing political images supporting Trump and attacking his critics, was arrested in Florida on October 26 following an intense manhunt. He is being held without bail.

A federal indictment filed earlier this month accused Sayoc of sending improvised explosive devices to five people in New York: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros, former Central Intelligence Agency directors John Brennan and James Clapper, and De Niro.

The former couple has not publicly commented on the breakup. Picture: Getty Images
The former couple has not publicly commented on the breakup. Picture: Getty Images


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