Eric Benét and Robert De Niro Are Dads Again

Eric Benét and Robert De Niro Are Dads Again

Congrats are in order for these celebs who each welcomed a baby into the family over the holidays.

Published December 27, 2011

The holidays brought special deliveries for singer Eric Benét and actor Robert De Niro. Benét and his wife Manuela Testolini, who married in July, became the new parents of a baby girl named Lucia on Dec. 21. The newborn is the singer’s second child—he has a daughter India, 18, from a previous marriage—and he’s been a proud papa talking all about the little one on Twitter. “Happiest dad in the world!” he wrote a day after the baby was born and gushed “A star is born!”   

Meet the Parents star De Niro is a dad six times over at 68 years old after he and his wife, Grace Hightower, welcomed a baby girl, Helen Grace De Niro, who was born via surrogate on Dec. 23. The couple has been married since 1997 and has a 13-year-old son, Eliot. The actor also has four other children from previous relationships: Drena, 40, and Raphael, 35, with ex-wife Dianne Abbott; 16-year-old twin sons Julian and Aaron born via surrogate with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

(Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Written by Nakisha Williams


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