Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father

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Robert De Niro has always been very discreet about his family life, but in a new documentary he has decided to tell a story about his late father.

The project, called Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr., depicts the life of Robert’s father, who was an openly gay abstract expressionist painter.

Speaking to Out magazine, the actor said: “To me, he was always a great artist. Yeah, he probably was [conflicted about being gay], being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate.

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“I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. For my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realize that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now — and that’s too late.”

Speaking about his relationship with father, De Niro said: “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.”

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. premieres June 9 on HBO.

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