Robert De Niro sparks romance rumours with mystery woman

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro goes public with new romance with mystery woman as they walk hand-in-hand during cosy outing in the South of France for his 78th birthday… amid his bitter divorce battle with estranged wife Grace Hightower

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  • Robert De Niro was seen putting on a cosy display with a mystery woman as they enjoyed a day out on the coast of Côte d’Azur, France on his 78th birthday on Tuesday
  • The actor, who is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, sparked romance rumours with his female companion as they walked hand-in-hand 
  • The pair left luxe Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to head out for the day on a boat accompanied by other friends 
  • Robert and Grace were married in 1997, split in 1999, then got back together, renewed their vows in 2004 before he filed for divorce in 2018
  • Robert De Niro was seen putting on a cosy display as he appeared to go public with his romance with a mystery woman as they enjoyed a day out on the coast of Côte d’Azur, France on his 78th birthday on Tuesday. 

    The actor, who is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, sparked romance rumours with his female companion as they walked hand-in-hand while making their way down a rocky staircase before joining pals on a luxury yacht.

    Robert looked happy and relaxed in the company of the woman as they supported each other while climbing down the walkway on a rocky cliff edge.

    Something to tell? Robert De Niro was seen putting on a cosy display with a mystery woman as they enjoyed a day out on the coast of Côte d'Azur, France on his 78th birthday on Tuesday

    Close: Robert didn't let go of his companion's hand as they made their way down the staircase

    Something to tell? Robert De Niro was seen putting on a cosy display with a mystery woman as they enjoyed a day out on the coast of Côte d’Azur, France on his 78th birthday on Tuesday 

    The pair left luxe Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to head out for the day on a boat accompanied by other friends.    

    The iconic actor cut a casual figure during his vacation on the French Riviera, donning a light blue oversized polo top and khaki slacks.

    Robert kept things comfortable in a pair of black slider sandals and shielded himself from the sun in a navy blue flat cap. 

    Cosy: The actor, who is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, sparked romance rumours with his female companion as they walked hand-in-hand while making their way down a rocky staircase before joining pals on a luxury yacht.

    Cosy: The actor, who is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, sparked romance rumours with his female companion as they walked hand-in-hand while making their way down a rocky staircase before joining pals on a luxury yacht.

    Turbulent love life: Robert, 78, is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, 66, (pictured in 2018)

    Turbulent love life: Robert, 78, is in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife Grace Hightower, 66, (pictured in 2018)

    His female companion, meanwhile, looked elegant in a cream maxi dress which boasted bright orange floral embroidery on the skirt.

    The raven-haired beauty carried her essentials in a red quilted purse and protected her eyes from the Mediterranean sun with light-tinted sunglasses. 

    The pair appeared enamoured with each other as they stayed close during the outing. 

    Take my hand: Robert looked happy and relaxed in the company of the woman as they supported each other while climbing down the walkway on a rocky cliff edge

    Take my hand: Robert looked happy and relaxed in the company of the woman as they supported each other while climbing down the walkway on a rocky cliff edge

    I've got you: The mystery lady proved to be a great support to Robert as they made their way down the stone steps

    Hold on: The pair kept a tight grip of each other's hands

    I’ve got you: The mystery lady proved to be a great support to Robert as they made their way down the stone steps 

    Looking good: The iconic actor cut a casual figure during his vacation on the French Riviera, donning a light blue oversized polo top and khaki slacks

    Easy does it: The brunette watched her step as she walked in platform shoes

    Chit chat: The pair appeared in conversation as they walked together

    Looking good: The iconic actor cut a casual figure during his vacation on the French Riviera, donning a light blue oversized polo top and khaki slacks

    Sunny days: The brunette beauty caught the sun in her billowing maxi dress with cut-out detail at the back

    Shady: Both Robert and his friend shielded their eyes from the sun with trendy shades

    Sunny days: The brunette beauty caught the sun in her billowing maxi dress with cut-out detail at the back

    One step at a time: The duo carefully navigated the stone steps

    One step at a time: The duo carefully navigated the stone steps

    Hop off: Robert watched his step as he climbed off a smaller boat

    Hop off: Robert watched his step as he climbed off a smaller boat

    MailOnline has contacted Robert’s representatives  for comment. 

    De Niro seemed in good spirits on the trip with his companion, despite needing some support to jump on board the vessel – likely due to his recent leg injury while on location of Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon earlier this year.

    A representative of De Niro told Page Six in May: ‘De Niro injured his quadriceps muscle which will be treated medically in New York’. 

    Romance rumours: The pair appeared enamoured with each other as they stayed close during the outing

    Romance rumours: The pair appeared enamoured with each other as they stayed close during the outing

    Fantastic four: The Taxi Driver star and his companion were joined by two other friends

    Safety first: All four kept safe by wearing facemask amid the pandemic

    Fantastic four: The Taxi Driver star and his companion were joined by two other friends

    Just keep going: The group appeared to take it slow and steady as they made their way down the stone steps

    This way: The brunette lady took the lead as she held Robert's hand

    Tread carefully: The pair had a tight grip of each other's hands

    Just keep going: The group appeared to take it slow and steady as they made their way down the stone steps

    Take it easy: Robert was taking cautious steps as he recovers from a recent leg injury

    Almost there: The foursome were no doubt relieved as they reached the bottom

    Take it easy: Robert was taking cautious steps as he recovers from a recent leg injury

    Just for a moment: Robert and his pal briefly let go of each other's hands as they arrived on a platform

    You've got a friend: They proved  to be a great support for each other

    Day out: The pair looked forward to heading to their next location

    Just for a moment: Robert and his pal briefly let go of each other’s hands as they arrived on a platform

    Hey there: The pair interacted with members of the crew as they reached the bottom

    Hey there: The pair interacted with members of the crew as they reached the bottom

    The rep also said that his injury would not affect the production schedule of the Western true crime thriller, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

    On Saturday, the New York native was seen walking without his leg brace – for the first time since being treated for his injury in May. 

    It is not clear whether De Niro was wearing his brace once again whilst holidaying in France on Tuesday. 

    Just the two of us: The couple appeared very relaxed in each other's company

    Enigma: The Hollywood superstar was spotted cosying up to the enigmatic brunette as they left the luxe Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc by boat

    Just the two of us: The couple appeared very relaxed in each other’s company 

    New spot: Robert and his friend remained holding hands as they made their way to a lunch spot

    New spot: Robert and his friend remained holding hands as they made their way to a lunch spot

    Finally: The pair looked firmly ahead as they made their way towards the eating area

    Is that him: The Hollywood star turned heads as he walked past other diners

    Finally: The pair looked firmly  ahead as they made their way towards the eating area

    Time to chill: The group were later seen sitting down for lunch following their stroll

    Time to chill: The group were later seen sitting down for lunch following their stroll

    By his side: Film star stayed close to the beauty as they chatted to another companion

    By his side: Film star stayed close to the beauty as they chatted to another companion

    Robert’s outing comes amid his torturous divorce battle with ex-wife Grace.

    The ex-spouses have been locked in a divorce battle since December 2018. 

    In April, a judge ruled that his ex-wife, 66, should receive $1 million annually and that the couple will split the proceeds after selling their $20 million home.  

    Life of luxury: The pair were reportedly staying on on a humongous luxury yacht

    Life of luxury: The pair were reportedly staying on on a humongous luxury yacht 

    Travel in style: The huge water vessel certainly made for quite the sight

    Travel in style: The huge water vessel certainly made for quite the sight

    Robert and Grace were married in 1997, split in 1999, then got back together, renewed their vows in 2004 before he filed for divorce in 2018.

    Initially the pair fought over custody of their nine-year-old child but now the arguments are over money and property. 

    Hightower’s average monthly spend was $215,000 a month on credit cards and $160,000 in cash. De Niro’s attorney, Caroline Krauss, claims the financial strain means the actor is running out of money. 

    Support needed: De Niro seemed in good spirits on the trip, despite needing some support to jump on board the vessel

    Support needed: De Niro seemed in good spirits on the trip, despite needing some support to jump on board the vessel

    Holiday style: He kept things comfortable in a pair of black slider sandals while his female companion looked elegant in a cream maxi dress

    Holiday style: He kept things comfortable in a pair of black slider sandals while his female companion looked elegant in a cream maxi dress 

    Helping hand: Robert needed a helping hand likely due to his recent leg injury while on location of Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon

    Helping hand: Robert needed a helping hand likely due to his recent leg injury while on location of Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon

    She said the coronavirus pandemic led to a drying up of work projects for the Hollywood star.

    Months earlier, De Niro earned $5 million for acting in Martin Scorsese’s hit gangster flick, The Irishman. He also received ‘tens of millions of dollars’ through a federal coronavirus relief program.

    Hightower claims that De Niro is worth $500 million, but his attorney Caroline Krauss says that his estranged wife’s extravagant lifestyle is making things worse. 

    Summer style: The raven beauty carried her essentials in a red quilted purse and protected her eyes from the Mediterranean sun with light-tinted sunglasses

    Making the most of the sunshine: The pair enjoyed pals for a day out at sea

    Summer style: The raven beauty carried her essentials in a red quilted purse and protected her eyes from the Mediterranean sun with light-tinted sunglasses 

    Interaction: The film star was seen interacting with the crew as his lady friend watched on

    Interaction: The film star was seen interacting with the crew as his lady friend watched on

    Good day: The duo appeared in good spirits as they chatted together amid the sunny outing

    This way: The star held out his arm for her as his gestured her forward

    Ahoy there: Robert looked chilled amid his day trip

    Good day: The duo appeared in good spirits as they chatted together amid the sunny outing 

    This way: The film star beckoned to his companion as the crew watched on

    Lovely: The woman looked radiant in her billowing dress

    This way: The film star beckoned to his companion as the crew watched on

    Down time: The Godfather star looked to be enjoying some down time from his busy schedule

    Down time: The Godfather star looked to be enjoying some down time from his busy schedule

    Hot day: The brunette wiped her neck with a white rag as she sat with a pal amid the blazing heat

    Hot day: The brunette wiped her neck with a white rag as she sat with a pal amid the blazing heat 

    In 2019 alone, she reportedly spent $1.67 million (£1.2 million), most of it on a $1.2 million (£860,000) diamond from a high-end New York jewellers.

    On top of Grace’s rocketing financial demands, De Niro’s attorney revealed the actor owes millions in unpaid taxes. She said the income from his next two films will be devoted to paying off this debt, which in 2015 was revealed to be $6.4 million (£4.6 million).

    Naturally, the Hightower camp hasn’t taken all this sitting down. Her lawyer, Kevin McDonough, countered that his client was owed payments to ‘maintain the status quo’ lifestyle she enjoyed with De Niro during their marriage. 

    Before this, he was married to actress Diahnne Abbott, but the pair divorced in 1988.

    Robert has six children; Drena, 49, Raphael, 44, Helen Grace, nine, Elliot, 23, Julian Henry, 25, and Aaron Kendrick, 25.  

    Exes: Robert De Niro and Grace were married in 1997, split in 1999, then got back together, renewed their vows in 2004 before he filed for divorce in 2018 (pictured 2018)

    Exes: Robert De Niro and Grace were married in 1997, split in 1999, then got back together, renewed their vows in 2004 before he filed for divorce in 2018 (pictured 2018)