Movie star Nicholas Cage has had his fair share of failed marriages over the years. However, after getting hitched for the fifth time, he said it was "not happening" again.
Actor Nicholas Cage met his first wife, actress Patricia Arquette in 1987 at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles. It was love at first sight for Cage, who boldly asked Arquette to marry him on their first meeting.
Because they hardly knew each other, when he proposed, the "True Romance" star dismissed it as she thought he was merely joking about marriage.
Actor Nicolas Cage and actress Patricia Arquette during 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. / Source: Getty Images
"I said, 'I want to marry you,' she said, 'You're crazy,' and she didn't believe me," Cage recalled. In trying to convince her of his seriousness, the filmmaker asked the "Medium" star to put him on a quest.
He said at the end of the pursuit, if he succeeded in finding whatever she asked for, she would have to marry him. Cage revealed that when Arquette gave him the list, he instantly knew that it was meant to be because the things she asked for were innovative and creative:
"She wanted a black orchid. She wanted J.D. Salinger's signature, and anybody who reads knows he hardly ever signed anything. She wanted a wedding dress from the Lisu tribe in northern Thailand and one of those Bob's Big Boy statues. So, I set out on my quest."
During an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live!" Arquette said it scared her that Cage found everything she listed because they were hard to find. The pair soon started dating when she was nineteen.
Cage and Arquette then decided to fly to Cuba to get married, but the plan got derailed when he lost his temper at the airport regarding issues with his tickets. He explained that the incident ruined things between him and Arquette:
"That scared Patricia. She didn't like how I was yelling at everybody. She went back to her boyfriend."
Patricia Arquette and Nicolas Cage during American Film Institute Honors Clint Eastwood with 1996 Life Achievement Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images
Cage admitted that the two-time Emmy Award winner broke his heart for a long time. But the two kept in touch for eight years. As fate would have it, he returned to Canter's and ran into her again.
Arquette was 27 years old then, and two months after bumping into Cage, she called him and proposed to him, and he agreed. The lovebirds wed two weeks later, in April 1995, on top of a cliff in Carmel, California.
However, after only nine months of being newlyweds, the pair split up but continued to make public appearances together. They even co-starred in the film "Bringing Out the Dead."
Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette pictured arriving to the Academy Awards on March 23, 1997 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
Then in February 2000, Cage filed for divorce, but he changed his mind to salvage their marriage. Later in the year, Arquette was the one that decided to file for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." Cage's publicist later released a statement saying the decision for the couple's split was "mutual and respectful."
This time, their relationship ended for good. In October 2018, the "Ghost Rider" revealed to the Guardian that he had not spoken to Arquette in a while and that their marriage was not noteworthy.
CAGE MET HIS SECOND WIFE WHEN HE WAS STILL MARRIED
Singer-songwriter Lisa Presley and Nicolas Cage during "Windtalkers" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
The humanitarian met his second wife, singer-songwriter Lisa Presley at a party in 2000 while married to Arquette. They first appeared together at the premiere of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
The couple first went public with their relationship at the premiere of the WWII romance film. But from there on, their relationship was on and off. They officially wed in August 2002 in a surprise ceremony held in Hawaii after two years of dating.
A source revealed that the wedding was planned for only a few weeks, four months after the initial engagement. Only months into the union, problems arose between the newlyweds.
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage attending the screening of "Adaptation. / Source: Getty Images
They had a big fight while sailing on a yacht, which resulted in Presley's$65,000 yellow
engagement being thrown into the ocean. Though Cage attempted to recover it by sending divers, the mission failed, and he bought her another one. Still, the tension between the couple did not go away, and their intense fights made numerous headlines.
Cage eventually filed for divorce in November 2002, only three months after getting married to Presley. The divorce ended in a lengthy legal battle that outlasted their union. Documents filed stated that the pair "amicably resolved" their brief marriage.
Nicolas Cage and Lisa Presley during the 16th Annual American Cinematheque Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images
The "Face/Off" star later expressed regret regarding the dissolution of his marriage to Presley, adding that he wished they had not rushed to wed:
"It's sad, and I miss her every day, and sometimes I wish we couldn’t have rushed the marriage, and sometimes I regret rushing the divorce, but it just seemed like it wasn’t going to change."
CAGE MET HIS THIRD WIFE – 20 YEARS HIS JUNIOR
Alice Kim and Nicolas Cage attend "Bungalow 8 Pop Up at the Venice Film Festival" during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzina G on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. / Source: Getty Images
Cage fell in love again with Alice Kim, who was 20 years his junior. Kim was a former waitress whom the Hollywood star met when she was 19 and working at a restaurant in Los Angeles.
The pair soon married in 2004 so she could accompany him on a work trip to South Africa where he was filming "Lord of War." But Cage insisted that they only tied the knot because they "loved each other."
However, Kim's family was against the union because of the age difference between the two. He recounted that when his mother-in-law first came to their house, the first thing she said was that Kim was too young to be married to him. After that, he knew that winning his in-laws over would take a lot of work, but the California native managed.
Nicolas Cage and his wife Alice Kim arriving at the premiere of "Joe" during the 39th Deauville American film festival on September 2, 2013 in Deauville, France. / Source: Getty Images
He revealed that once he married Kim, his life became stable. The couple welcomed a son named Kal-EI in October 2005, and as busy as Cage was with his career, he said he never spent more than four days away from his child and became a good father.
But he and Kim divorced in 2016, which was a surprise to him. Cage said he did not foresee the divorce, which was a big shock to him.
CAGE WED FOR THE FOURTH TIME WITH ERIKA KOIKE
Nicolas Cage and Erika Koike pictured arriving the premiere of "Running With The Devil" at Writers Guild Theater on September 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images
Despite being hurt by the end of his third marriage, Cage wed for the fourth time. He married another younger woman, his girlfriend Erika Koike, in March 2019 in Vegas.
However, he made headlines after filing for annulment four days later, claiming that he was heavily drunk when they got hitched while partying in Vegas. But things became messy afterward. Koike demanded spousal support, of which details of the filing remained secret.
Filmmaker Nicolas Cage spotted at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on April 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
Still, even after being defrauded by Koike, Cage relentlessly pursued another relationship as he never lost hope because of the heartbreaks. He met his future fifth wife, Riko Shibata, in Shiga, Japan. The pair were first photographed together in February 2020 while visiting Cage's pyramid-shaped tomb at the New Orleans cemetery.
After six months apart, Cage unconventionally proposed to Shibata via FaceTime in August 2020. The duo wed on February 16, 2021, in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel in an intimate ceremony.
Riko Shibata and her husband Nicolas Cage attending the Los Angeles special screening of "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" at DGA Theater Complex on April 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
The pair exchanged Catholic and Shinto vows, and played Shibata's favorite tune, "Winter Song" by Kiroro. Notably, the wedding date was significant for the couple as it honored Cage's father's birthday.
In an interview with GQ for the April 2022 issue, Cage confessed that he was a romantic whenever in love because he wanted to give his lover his all.
"It's my expression of saying, ‘I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.’ And this is it for me. I mean, this is not happening again. This is it. This is it."
Riko Shibata and Nicolas Cage attending the 2021 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2021 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
In January 2022, Cage told the Los Angeles Times that he was happily married, noting that though being married five times was a bit much, he believes he got it right this time:
"I'm really happily married. I know five is a lot, but I think I got it right this time."
CAGE IS EXPECTING HIS THIRD CHILD
Riko Shibata and Nicolas Cage during the Neon premiere of "PIG" on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
In January 2022, Entertainment Tonight reported that the A-lister and his wife Shibata were expecting their first child together. This would be his third as he is already a dad to Kal-EI and Weston from previous relationships.
When asked in April 2022 what he was looking forward to about becoming a father again, Cage said he missed everything about being a new parent, including watching a child discover things for the first time.
Nicholas Cage during an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Season 3. / Source: Getty Images
He joked that some of the things he missed were taking them to have lobster dinner and seeing them freak out at the table. The doting dad said he missed going to the toy store, singing lullabies, and rocking in rocking chairs.
Notably, Cage is also a grandfather as his eldest son Weston - whom he shares with former girlfriend Christina Fulton - has four children, Lucian, Venice, Cypress, and Sorin.
When asked in 2020 about his first grandchild Lucian, the Golden Globe Award winner, said he loved every minute of being a granddad. Asked about his favorite thing about his grandson, he proudly shared that it was his smile.
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