Three Marriages of 'Pretty Woman' Star Richard Gere
Actor and humanitarian, Richard Gere may have starred in blockbuster films like "Runaway Bride," but in reality, he is happily married for the third time.
Embarking on a trip down memory lane we looked closer at Richard's high-profile unions and how his personal life unfolded since becoming a star.
Richard Gere tied the knot with the then-26-year-old supermodel Cindy Crawford, a year after the release of his highly successful 1990 film with Julia Roberts, "Pretty Woman" on December 12, 1991.
The couple, who got named by PEOPLE as the "Sexiest Couple" in 1993, said their vows at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cindy began modeling at the age of 17 and has featured on more than 600 magazine covers worldwide, including PEOPLE, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, and Vogue.
Richard, on the other hand, continued acting in blockbuster films while he also got involved with humanitarian work and became a co-founder of the non-profit, Tibet House.
Their respective and busy schedules kept Cindy and Richard busy enough to give their marriage a devastating blow, while the 16-year age gap also played a part.
On December 1, 1995, Richard and Cindy divorced but remained on "friendly" terms after the split, even though Cindy shared years later that he felt like a "stranger" to her.
“I think part of the problem in our relationship was that we were a lot of other things, but I don’t know if we were ever friends – like peers, because I was young, and he was Richard Gere," Cindy said. "And then, as I started kind of growing up and growing into myself – it’s hard to change the nature of a relationship once you’re already in it.”
The supermodel did, however, learn from Richard "how to be famous" and got married to Rande Gerber three years later, with whom she has two children.
Richard started dating the "Law & Order" actress, Carey Lowell and she made the actor a first-time father at the age of 50 when she gave birth to their son, Homer James Jigme Gere on February 6, 2000.
The actor made sure to be present for the special moment his son came into the world; he felt so "over the moon" that Handel's Messiah boomed through the speakers of a portable CD player in the delivery room shortly after.
According to Sharon Simonaire, an interior designer and close friend who introduced the two, the delivery went well and gushed that the baby "was incredibly happy, blue eyes wide open and beautiful lips and skin, a little brown hair. He's perfect."
Carey and Richard named him after their fathers, Homer Gere, and James Lowell, while Jigme means "fearless" in Tibetan.
When the couple married two years later on November 9, 2002, they kept it low-key with a private ceremony at their home in New York with their son, and Carey's daughter, Hannah from a previous marriage, as the only people present.
Ten years down the marriage line, Carey filed for divorce and cited the reason as her being outgoing and enjoying a good party, while Richard preferred quiet and privacy.
Four years of squabbling over money followed having already agreed on sharing custody of Homer before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper finalized their divorce on October 18, 2016.
As a former model who featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Johnny Walker scotch, Carey became a successful actress who starred in productions including "License to Kill," and "Homicide: Life on the Street."
While in the midst of divorce proceeding with Carey, Richard stayed in a Positano hotel in 2014, owned by the activist, Alejandra Silva's family.
Alejandra's father, Ignacio Silva Botas became a successful businessman in Madrid and served as the Vice President of the Spanish soccer club, Real Madrid for five years.
A friend of Alejandra introduced her to the Hollywood star, and the two felt a "very strong connection" from the start. With both going through divorce proceedings at the time, Alejandra said it brought them together.
"Love stories with a complicated beginning, where you have to overcome difficulties together, can bring you closer... I'm sure I did [have some doubts] at some point. In the beginning, he was more convinced than me. But from very early on, we felt that we were destined to be together," Alejandra said in March 2019.
Alejandra converted to Buddhism and moved to New York before Richard proposed to her during a private moment in a romantic hotel in St Paul de Vence, France on her birthday.
The couple got married during a secret ceremony on Richard's ranch outside New York City in April 2018 and kept the festivities going with a wedding party in May attended by several Tibetan monks.
Exciting news followed when the 35-year-old Alejandra announced her pregnancy in September 2018, and she strongly believes that universal energies are on her side when it comes to her relationship with Richard, even though he is almost double her age.
“Our karma was attracted the moment we saw each other,” she said. “I’m not ignoring our age difference and what it means to be with a Hollywood star, but when there’s such strong karmic energy, the problems disappear.”
The pair welcomed their first child and son together in February 2019, but only revealed their son's traditional name of Alexander later on. Nonetheless, Richard and Alejandra are dedicated to their family and helping those in need.
Alejandra also runs a non-profit called Rais Fundacion, which aims at eradicating homelessness in Spain in five years.
“I’ve slept on the street to understand the struggle of the homeless,” Alejandra said. “I’m not scared of rolling up my sleeves and diving into work. If I do something, I put 100% effort in. If I can’t, I’d rather not do it.”
When the non-profit hosted a screening of Richard's movie, "The Dinner" in December 2017, Alejandra spoke to Hola! and shared that she admires Richard's humanitarian nature and philanthropic instinct. “What I love most about him is his humanitarian side. He’s a very empathetic person,” she added.
Meanwhile, Richard's son, Homer, grew up to be the spitting image of his father and the two have a close relationship.
Almost twenty years old, Homer made several public appearances alongside his father. He first attended the 44th annual "Giffoni Film Festival" in Italy with Richard in 2014, followed by their 2017 vacation, also in Italy.