Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi have reportedly broken up. Rumours first emerged the 65-year-old Runaway Bride actor was dating the 44-year-old Top Chef host in April of this year and their relationship has been intensely private.
'[They] decided they would be better as friends'
But according to Page Six their alleged romance is no more as the pair have called it quits.
“[They] decided they would be better as friends,” a source told the newspaper.
Apparently the stars weren’t intent on getting into anything too serious from the outset.
It’s claimed Padma was just experimenting with dating again when she first started seeing Richard.
"They're just getting to know each other," a source told People magazine previously. "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."
Padma was with billionaire businessman Teddy for several years, on and off. The 71-year-old passed away of brain cancer in 2011, but left a trust fund for her daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, Padma’s three-year-old child with ex-boyfriend Adam Dell.
She was also married to novelist Salman Rushdie from 2004 to 2007.
Richard split from wife Carey Lowell in 2013 after being married for 11 years. They have one son, Homer, born in 2000.
Richard was also married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. According to Cindy, their 17-year age difference was to blame for the relationship breaking down.
© Cover Media