Maybe Robert De Niro can be the godfather to Al Pacino’s baby?
The Oscar winners have been friends for half a century and their kin span generations. And in May, news dropped that De Niro welcomed his seventh child at 79, and Pacino is expecting his fourth at 83.
During a Thursday appearance on “Today,” De Niro weighed in on his longtime friend’s baby news.
“Listen, Al Pacino [is about to have a baby] and he’s a few years older than me. God bless him,” he said. “I’m very happy for him.”
“Today” host Hoda Kotb then asked De Niro how fatherhood was for him. “At this stage and age?” De Niro joked. “It feels great.”
De Niro said he “has a certain awareness” of things in life that comes with older age. With “family dynamics,” he said, “you can’t avoid learning certain things and how you deal with them and manage that.”
De Niro said that he and Pacino welcoming babies at their ages is amazing and he’s very happy about it.
Pacino’s girlfriend, Noor Alfallah, 29, is just weeks away from giving birth to their first child together. Pacino and Alfallah reportedly began dating during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Page Six. The soon-to-be mom describes herself as a “raconteur” on Instagram and has previously been linked to Mick Jagger, who, according to the Cut, she dated in 2017 when Jagger was 74 and she was 23.
A representative for Pacino confirmed the pregnancy to The Times, adding that the “Scarface” actor would not be releasing a statement.
Pacino has three children: a 33-year-old daughter, Julie Marie, with acting coach Jan Tarrant and 22-year-old twins, Anton and Olivia, with actor Beverly D’Angelo.
In early May, De Niro revealed during an interview with ET Canada that he had recently welcomed his seventh child. The “Goodfellas” star has six children from former relationships, and grandchildren too. He and his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, are parents to daughter and actor Drena, 51, and former actor Raphael, 46. De Niro and former girlfriend Toukie Smith, a model and actor, welcomed twin sons Julian and Aaron, 27, in 1995. And De Niro shares son Elliot, 24, and daughter Helen Grace, 11, with his ex-wife Grace Hightower.
He shares his newborn daughter, Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro, with his 45-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany Chen. The couple met when filming “The Intern” together in 2015. Chen is an acclaimed martial arts instructor who had a role in the film.
As for all the wisdom De Niro has gathered over decades of parenting and grandparenting, he told ET Canada he has a loving but stern parenting style.
“I mean, there’s no way around it with kids. I don’t like to have to lay down the law and stuff like that. But [sometimes] you just have no choice,” he said. “And any parent, I think, would say the same thing. You always want to do the right thing by the children and give them the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes you can’t.”
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.