Robert De Niro has publicly confirmed that he released his wife for more than two decades, Grace Hightower, after Sid Six stated exclusively that the couple lived separately.
De Niro said in a statement on Tuesday: "Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We enter a transition period in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process."
The "Raging Bull" icon added: "I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for integrity and respect as we continue to develop our roles as partners in parenthood."
Sources previously mentioned on Sid Six that De Niro had participated in the solo events since the summer and buzz spread that the couple broke up. Insiders close to the couple then confirmed that De Niro and Hightower lived apart.
They married in 1997 after about a decade of dating and have two children together. They first met when Hightower worked at the star wedding Mr. Chow in London.