Robert De Niro “doesn’t handle the heavy lifting” when it comes to caring for his new baby daughter. The 80-year-old ‘Casino’ star welcomed his seventh child in April when his girlfriend Tiffany Chen, 45, gave birth to a little girl named Gia. The actor has now revealed that his younger partner does most of the “work,” but he does his best to support her.
He told the Guardian newspaper: “It [having children] doesn’t get easier. It is what it is. It’s OK. I mean, I don’t do the heavy lifting. I’m there to support my girlfriend. But she does the work. And we have help, which is so important.”
When asked if he enjoys fatherhood, the movie star replied: “Of course I do… [I enjoy] all of it! With a baby, it’s different than with my 11-year-old, my adult children, and my grandchildren. It’s all different… I don’t talk to the adult children the way I talk to my baby or the way I speak to my 11-year-old, even though she’s pretty smart.”
De Niro also discussed his hopes for the future and insisted that one of his ambitions is to “stay alive.”
He added: “Of course, I think about it [death], at my age… It’s not going to stop me, but you think about it… I’m aware of it. You think more about time. Every summer, every new season, everything, you say: ‘Well, I’m going to use these few months of the summer to be with my kids, my family.’ I can’t wait until the next – I don’t know what’s going to happen. So each thing becomes more important. Everything I do, time-wise, is important. Whatever I’m thinking about doing in two years, I’d better think about doing it now.”
The ‘Taxi Driver’ star introduced his daughter to the world on a show in May, where he revealed the tot’s full name and confirmed she weighed 8lbs 6oz when she was born on 6 April, as he showed off a photo of her. When host Gayle King asked Robert if the baby was planned, he replied: “Yes, this baby was planned. “We are over the moon. She was brought here by love.”
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