"I'm An 80 Year Old Dad And It's Great" - Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is loving life after becoming a dad again at the age of 80.

The Hollywood actor became a father for the 7th time last May, after his partner and martial arts instructor Tiffany Chen welcomed a child together, a daughter named Gia.

Speaking about Gia in a recent interview with the AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, De Niro appeared emotional, saying that he "wants to be around as long as I can", following his daughter's birth.

"I’m an 80-year-old dad and it’s great", De Niro said. "Everything that I’m consumed with or worried about or this and that just goes away when I look at her so that in itself is wondrous". 

"She has a very sweet kind of way of looking at you and just taking you in and my other daughter Helen had that too. (They) just look at you and take it in so I don’t know where it’s going with her later when she gets older". 

He added, "But she’s thinking and 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".

Robert De Niro has six other children from previous relationships with three other women, including a son Raphael De Niro, with whom he starred alongside in Raging Bull. Raphael's mother is actress and singer Diahnne Abbot. 

De Niro also adopted Abbot's daughter from a previous relationship. He also shares twin sons with actress Toukie Smith, as well as a son and daughter with actress and socialite Grace Hightower. 

The actor who is renowned for Goodfellas and Taxi Driver, along with a range of other films, was also recently nominated for an Oscar, for Killers Of The Flower Moon. 

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