Skip to comments.Robert De Niro Talks About Father's Homosexuality Conflict; 'Prayers Don't Help,' Father Said
Posted on 07/03/2014 8:09:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Robert De Niro said in a recent interview that his late father never discussed his homosexuality.
"He was very private so he wouldn't go into that with me," De Niro told Katie Couric on Yahoo News. "I don't really know much about that side of my father."
The Academy Award winning actor said he did have "some inkling" that his father was gay and his mother even made some inferences but it was never "brought up."
"You kind of ... knew but didn't know," he said.
De Niro has been making media rounds to promote his documentary, "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr." The actor used his father's journal entries to chronicle the life of the artist, who died of prostate cancer at 71 years old in 1993.
In the documentary, De Niro Jr. reads several journal entries where his father describes his struggle with homosexuality.
"If God doesn't want me to be a homosexual (about which I have so much guilt) he will find a woman whom I will love and who will love me or at least create an interest in me in women as sexual partners," De Niro Sr. wrote.
"The pills don't help or the prayers either. God! God! God!"
In another journal entry, De Niro Sr. whose paintings include depictions of Jesus and the cross wrote, "Being a painter is an affliction. Like being a homosexual. One has to have the strength to continue working without the recognition either before or after death just as one had to have the strength to accept life alone without the thought of romantic attachment."
The younger De Niro, who wants to promote his father's art work, said his parents divorced when he was 11 or 12 but actually separated when he was 2 or 3 years old.
"Obviously, I realize now that it was hard for him," the actor said.
I've always been puzzled by homosexuals who :
1) Have children only to realize they're gay later in life and abandon their families.
2) Suddenly decide they don't want to be homosexual anymore and then have heterosexual marriages and even have kids ( see: Mayor Bill De Blasio's wife and actress Anne Heche ).
Can anybody give an explanation for this?
Romans chapter 1.
De Niro is real good in movies for some reason.
In real life I cannot STAND this dim bulb.
If he was gay how could he impregnate his mother? Did they have in vitro back in the 40s? According to gays they are “born that way” and can nor more have sex with women than straight men can have sex with gay men, so how would a gay man get aroused enough to the point of being able to impregnate a woman?
I see what he's saying -- being a painter is a choice.
Very sad journal. I feel for the Sr. DeNiro. He really wanted to change, unlike the freaks we see celebrating debauchery and sin in the streets.
Homosexuals are hurt and lost.
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I received this mail from a FReeper :
They know they are homosexual, but try very hard to fit in with the culture, either for acceptance or religious reasons.
I have three friends who have married gay men, and have talked with them extensively about this. One put it rather bluntly to me, that young men have so many hormones flowing, they can get off easily, regardless of where theyre putting their equipment, so there was no problem with sexual function early on, even if he preferred guys.
Research shows that homosexual men have higher female hormones, but also higher male homones (including exposure in the womb*). I think that makes them highly sexualized, so its easier for a homosexual man to have bisexual attraction than a straight man.
*this is why homosexuality can be from birth but not entirely genetic. In utero homone exposure can change the sex of an embryo, so its no surprise that it could make lesser changes to sexuality.
If the above is true, then how can we argue that they are not BORN THAT WAY?
Anyone who thinks only 2% of the population is straight must be mentally ill.
This is a rhetorical question.
Ever have an inappropriate thought cross your mind?
Do you mentally pursue that thought, or mentally trash it?
What could you become if you followed through on every evil thought?
What reasons do you have to say “No!” to anything?
What we do with our bodies is like anything else. We make choices and live with the consequences.
My son is a homosexual. His parting words were.”I am who I have always been, and who I want to be.”
There are many people who dabble in different behaviors who decide that is not who they want to be, and do what ever it takes to change. That is when prayers “work.”
Another celebrity that never graduated high school but thinks he is smarter than every one else because he is in the circle.
Sexual impurity and decadence come in 10,000 different forms, but regardless its all just a result of lust.
No less a personage than Pablo Picasso once said the depiction
of Christ on the cross was a powerful subject....more powerful
than any other.
DeNiro's work seems to be influenced by Picasso.
***”We are all bisexual to begin with. That is a fact of our condition. And we are all responsive to sexual stimuli from our own as well as from the opposite sex***
This reminds me of the boy from the Ozarks who was drafted back in WWII. His mother died when he was born and he was raised by the men around him, absolutely no women in his life.
When in the army, they realized he was “strange” and tested him.
They showed him photos of nude women, NO reaction.
They showed him photos of nude men, NO reaction.
Puzzled, one looked into the young man’s past, then showed him a photo of a cow, INSTANT REACTION!
I read this years ago(before internet) from a book on psychological disorders in the library at John Brown University. I wish I had remembered the name of the book.
1) Have children only to realize they’re gay later in life and abandon their families.
I think some think that getting married will “cure” their SSA (same Sex Attraction) and while it does seem to help for a while I think it’s results may vary.
2) Suddenly decide they don’t want to be homosexual anymore and then have heterosexual marriages and even have kids ( see: Mayor Bill De Blasio’s wife and actress Anne Heche ).
I think that after having sex with someone they don;t want to have sex with because their SSA is so strong it wears them down and they get worn out.
Well, clearly, THEY ARE OUT OF THEIR MF’ING MINDS!!!!
File this one under “Too Much Information”
And why do these people feel a need to wave their dirty laundry around?
Is this a way of showing how in touch with liberal values someone is?
“Hey look at me - I had a homo father too...!”