Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, split after 2 decades

Robert De Niro and Wife Grace Hightower Split After 21 Years of Marriage

Robert De Niro and his wife of twenty years, Grace Hightower have made a decision to end their marriage, a source told People Magazine.

A representative for De Niro did not respond immediately to the magazine for a comment.

It is not the first split for the couple, who were Wednesday in 1997.

The couple are expected to 'announce their breakup publicly in the coming weeks, ' reported the publication.

They were last seen on the red carpet in June when they attended the 72nd Annual Tony Awards in New York City.

The couple share two children: son Elliot, born in 1998, and daughter Helen Grace, born in 2011.

Oscar victor De Niro has been notoriously private about his personal life, keeping his family out of the spotlight despite his hugely successful career.

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The two married in 1997 after dating for almost of decade.

The pair eventually sorted things out and held a ceremony at which they renewed their vows back in 2004.

Robert is notoriously private about his relationship with Grace but the pair are outspoken about their belief that their son's autism is linked to vaccinations. Famous guests included Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller and Tom Brokaw.

De Niro reportedly met Hightower when she was working at the famed restaurant Mr. Chow in London in 1987.

De Niro was previously married to Diahnne Abbott.

On one rare occasion, De Niro spoke out about about his feelings on marriage during a 2013 interview with Katie Couric. He is also the father to two children by model Toukie Smith, who he dated between the two marriages. In 1999, The Wizard of Lies actor filed for divorce.

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