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Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower split after two decades of marriage

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robert de niro ends 20 years of marriage Actor Robert De Niro was married to Grace Hightower for over two decades. (Photo Credit: AP)

Veteran actor Robert De Niro has split from his wife, Grace Hightower, after more than 20 years of marriage.

A source close to the family told people.com that the two have separated and are living apart.

“Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to,” said the source.

Another source told Page Six, “De Niro and Grace are breaking up. He’s been at a few things since the very end of the summer without her — and rumor has it they are done.”

The Wizard of Lies actor, 75, married Hightower, 63, in 1997 after dating for a decade. They have two children together: 20-year-old son Elliott and 6-year-old daughter Helen Grace.

This isn’t the first time the two have separated. De Niro filed for divorce in 1999 and engaged in a custody dispute over their son. The two eventually smoothed things over and the divorce was never finalized.

In November 2004, the two renewed their vows in front of an A-list crowd such as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Tom Brokaw and others.

The actor and Hightower met back in 1987 when she was working at famed eatery Mr. Chow in London.

Before Hightower, Robert De Niro was married to Diahnne Abbott.

(With inputs of IANS)