De Niro and Chen welcomed a daughter named Gia in April 2023
In April 2023, the couple welcomed a baby girl named Gia Virginia Chen De Niro; the actor revealed the first photo of Gia on CBS Mornings in May.
After meeting on the set of The Intern in 2015, De Niro, 80, and Chen, 45, sparked dating rumors in August 2021 when they were seen holding hands during a vacation together.
They later made their first public appearance as a couple at the Cannes Film Festival, when they attended the premiere of De Niro’s film, Killers Of The Flower Moon.
Though the couple is fairly private, they have shared a glimpse into their lives as parents.
Read ahead for everything De Niro and Chen have said about their baby girl.
She made her debut on CBS Mornings
De Niro and Chen’s baby girl, Gia, was born on April 6, 2023, weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. The actor didn’t publicly announce her arrival until the following month, when he told ET Canada that he just welcomed a newborn.
Shortly after, CBS Mornings’ Gayle King shared more details about his daughter. In addition to revealing her full name, Gia Virginia Chen De Niro, the show also debuted the first photo of her; King added that De Niro was "over the moon" about the newest member of the family.
She’s Robert De Niro’s seventh child
Gia marks the first child for Chen and De Niro’s seventh child. De Niro and his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, are parents to daughter Drena and son Raphael. In 1995, he welcomed twin sons Julian and Aaron with his former girlfriend, model and actress Toukie Smith. De Niro also shares son Elliot and daughter Helen Grace with his ex-wife, Grace Hightower.
During an interview with PEOPLE in June 2023, De Niro revealed that his six other children have yet to meet Gia. “Not yet, but they will,” he added. De Niro also told PEOPLE that his Father’s Day was fully booked, explaining that he is "just gonna spend it with the kids and all that."
Tiffany Chen was diagnosed with Bell's palsy after giving birth to Gia
After Chen gave birth to her baby with De Niro, she experienced a scary postpartum health complication and eventually was diagnosed with Bell's palsy. She opened up about her experience during an interview with Gayle King on CBS Mornings in July 2023.
"When I went home, I started to feel like ... my tongue felt strange," she said. "It felt a little tingly, just starting to get a little bit numb. And then I realized my face just felt weird. I didn't know what the feeling was that I was having. It felt weird."
"When I got home, it was like everything was starting to just fall down on itself. Like, my face was melting on itself," Chen explained. "And then a week after giving birth, that was when it all hit.”
After she began to slur her words, she knew something was wrong. She noted that she was immediately told, "'Go right to the hospital.' [The hospital] admitted me. And I lost all facial function the minute I got into the hospital," she said.
Tiffany Chen is very hands-on with Gia
“It doesn’t get easier,” he shared of parenting. “It is what it is. It’s okay. I mean, I don’t do the heavy lifting. I’m there, I support my girlfriend. But she does the work. And we have help, which is so important.”
But does he enjoy parenthood? "Of course I do," he said, "all of it. With a baby it’s different [than] with my 11-year-old. My adult children. My grandchildren. It’s all different."
Robert De Niro has spoken about Gia in interviews recently
De Niro has gushed about Gia on camera in recent months. During an appearance on Today in June 2023, De Niro was asked about being a dad to a newborn, to which he replied, "It feels great."
He continued about his parenting evolution, "I have certain awareness — when you’re older you have awareness of certain things in life, dynamics, everything, family dynamics. You can’t avoid learning certain things and how you can deal with those and manage them and this and that, the usual. It's amazing, but I'm very happy about it."
The host then presented De Niro with a Today onesie as a gift, which he proudly held up for the camera and said, “Gia, this is for you, honey."
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