Richard Gere may have a new lady in his life – model and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, tabloids claim.
Page Six found out that the Hollywood actor has been very recently and quietly dating model Padma Lakshmi. A source, close to the new couple, revealed to reporters: “They have been quietly spending some time together. It is all very new and recent, and happened while he has been filming in New York.”
A source close to the TV host also confirmed that the pair are taking things slowly.
“They’re just getting to know each other,” the insider said. “They’re just dating. This is the first person she’s dated since Teddy [Forstmann] passed away and she’s just putting a toe in the water of the dating world again. They’re not sure where it’s going yet.”
Back in September it became known that the “Pretty Girl” actor, 64, and his wife, 52, decided to split after 11 years of marriage. The couple have a son, Homer, who was born in 2000, and co-owned the Bedford Post Inn in Westchester County. Previously, Gere was married to Cindy Crawford.
Some time ago Cindy Crawford opened up about her divorce from Richard Gere, claiming their age difference was to blame.
“I think a lot of what happened with Richard and I was, I was still 22 and at 22 – as a young woman – I was kind of still figuring out who I was and what I wanted to be and he was already 37,” she explained to Oprah Winfrey.
However, Crawford credited the “Pretty Woman” actor for teaching her how to deal with her blossoming fame.
“When I would see how he was with fans when they approached him…. I got to look to him to see how he created boundaries for himself,” she recalled.
Gere’s new girlfriend, Lakshmi, also a former model, was previously married to author Salman Rushdie for three years until they divorced in 2007.
Later the beauty dated billionaire Teddy Forstmann until he died of brain cancer three years ago. The foodie also has a beautiful 3-year-old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with Adam Dell, the venture capitalist brother of computer maker Michael Dell.
“It started very recently and quietly,” a source told reporters of the model’s famous 64-year-old boyfriend. “It’s very new. I wouldn’t even go as far as calling them a couple. They are dating. It’s the first time Padma has dated anyone since Teddy [Forstmann], and it’s something she’s been approaching very, very delicately. They just getting to know each other. They’re just having fun.”
Gere is currently in New York filming “Time Out of Mind,” in which he is to perform part of a homeless man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
“The usually dapper silver fox was photographed in character as the homeless man looking scruffy and taking a leak on the street in New York during filming for a scene in the movie, which Gere is also producing,” The Huffington Post reports.