Robert De Niro Remembers His Gay Dad in HBO Documentary

Robert De Niro Remembers His Gay Dad in HBO Documentary

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After his father passed away, Robert De Niro decided to open up to Out Magazine about Robert De Niro, Sr. and his sexuality.

De Niro, Sr. died in May 1993 at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. He was a figurative painter that wasn’t well-known.

During HBO’s documentary Remembering the Artist, De Niro talks about his father’s life.

“He probably was [conflicted] about his homosexuality, being from that generation,” he said. “Especially from a small town upstate. I as 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.”

De Niro didn’t spend a ton of time with his father, as he and his mother were divorced, but he says he looked after him.

“We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise,” De Niro said. “But we had a connection.”

De Niro admits he gets emotional when he discusses his father.

“No, no. I think it’s time,” De Niro said. “I thought about it, of course, but if you’re going to do something, you have to do it all the way. You can’t hide anything. That’s the whole point – the truth.”

Remembering the Artist premieres Monday, June 9.

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