The pair were photographed Wednesday holding hands on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City as they attended a screening of “Kiss the Future.” De Niro, 79, previously revealed he welcomed his seventh child in April with Chen.
De Niro’s representative Stan Rosenfield confirmed the baby’s birth to USA TODAY on May 9, but did not provide any details. On May 11, the “Godfather” star shared more details with “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King, who showed off the first photo of the baby girl, Gia Virginia.
“I said ‘Could I please, please, please break the news about what kind of baby is it? What’s the baby’s name? How did this come about?’ ” King said on air, adding that the actor agreed to share more about the youngster.
Gayle said that baby De Niro was born April 6 and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
De Niro is also dad to Drena, 51, and Raphael, 46, from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott. He shares twins Julian and Aaron, 27, with Toukie Smith, whom he never married. And he shares Elliot, 25, and Helen Grace, 11, with Grace Hightower, whom he wed in 1997 and separated from in 2018. He is also a grandfather.
When reporter Brittnee Blair noted De Niro’s six kids, he corrected her, saying, “Seven, actually.”
“I just had a baby,” he revealed.
He also spoke to Blair about fatherhood, saying he believes “in being loving with (his) kids,” but that sometimes, parents have “to be stern about stuff.”
“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.”
Contributing: Morgan Hines