Leo Still Mourning Grandmother

02 Oct 2008
By Ahlanlive.com

Actor speaks of his loss for the first time

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO has paid tribute to his late grandmother in a new magazine article, calling the German his "barometer of truth".

The actor's "Oma", Helene Idenbirken, died in a hospital in Germany this past summer, and her famous grandson admits the loss has hit him hard.

He tells the upcoming issue of America's Parade magazine that his beloved grandmother always helped him keep his feet on the ground.

DiCaprio says, "I feel very sad that Oma is gone.”

"I always loved being with Oma. She was completely pure, honest, unaffected, so unlike anything else that I was ever used to. She was my barometer of
truth.

“Sometimes I’d ask Oma, ‘Isn’t it great now, all this stuff happening in my life?’ (and) she’d say, ‘Don’t you worry about that. Take a break. Be a
bricklayer. Work with your hands. You’ll love it. Step back and reflect on what’s going on in your life. Appreciate it.’”