Robert De Niro is finally opening up about his dad, and he revealed not only their unique relationship, but that his father was gay.
Robert De Niro’s father was an artist who is being remembered in a new HBO documentary called Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. The elder De Niro imparted his artistic talent to his son, who is opening up about his father.
“To me, he was always a great artist,” De Niro told Out magazine for their June/July issue, adding that many didn’t know his father was gay.
“Yeah, he probably was [conflicted about being gay], being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate,” De Niro, who is now 70, said, according to People. “I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age.”
The Academy Award-winning actor, who last starred in Last Vegas, looks back on his time with his father with good memories. He explained, “We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise. But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways.”
De Niro, Sr.’s documentary will premiere June 9 on HBO. For fans of actor Robert De Niro, the film will give them a look into the very private life of his family, and how his father and his relationship with him affected who he is today.
“He was absent in some ways,” he said. “He was very loving. He adored me — as I do my kids.”