At Age 71, Richard Gere Has Two Little Kids With His Very Young Wife: Little-Known Details
At the age of 70, Richard Gere and his younger wife Alejandra Silva recently welcomed their second child together. The award-winning star is a father of 3 who has an incredible amount of unconditional love to give. Join us as we dig into the actor's family and journey through fatherhood.
FIRST MARRIAGE WITH CINDY CRAWFORD
Cindy and Richard were one of Hollywood's favorite couples. In 1991, the Pretty Woman star married the supermodel in a lavish wedding. The marriage lasted 4 years. Cindy says the reason for their split is her being very young at the time. "I didn't think I was young though, but I was young." The couple married when she was 26 while Gere was 42.
Crawford has also shared that the two aren't as tight as they used to be. "We're friendly, but I think it's almost like he's gone back to being, like 'Richard Gere' again, like a stranger because we don't see each other that much." Futhermore, she added that their relationship lacked a friendship bond which contributed to their breakup.
THEIR RELATIONSHIP WASN'T BASED ON FRIENDSHIP
"I don’t know if we were ever friends – like peers, because I was young, and he was Richard Gere. 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," Crawford shared.
She also shared that they barely spent time together and that it was both of their faults. "We thought it would be okay if we just flew in from Paris to L.A. to get together for a night to see each other. It wasn’t,” she said. A marriage could definitely take some strain when you don't really spend time with your spouse.
SECOND MARRIAGE WITH CAREY LOWELL
Richard and Carey found a deep love and friendship in each other, and from all of his wives, Lowell was the closest to his age - she is 12 years younger. During their relationship, the pair had a son Homer in 2000. But the beautiful romance ended in a bitter split, their 11-year marriage slumped when they grew apart.
In a scramble for the settlement, the two decided to go for joint custody of their son. But the court battle would go on for 3 more years because Lowell wanted a piece of Gere's $45 million estate at the time. Their marriage ended in 2016 however, the details of the split are unknown to the public.
HE SHARED A STEAMY NIGHT WITH DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
In an episode of What What Happens Life, the fashion legend played a game “DVF or WTF?”. The game is a rendition of true or false. The first statement that was read revealed that Von Furstenberg and Gere had shared a short love affair and the designer confirmed it to be true.
THIRD MARRIAGE WITH ALEJANDRA SILVA
It looks like Richard finally found the one! Gere and his Spanish publicist wife were introduced through a friend, Alejandra describes that they had an instant connection. They could not stop looking at each other. She is 33 years his junior but hey, love defeats all odds, right? Silva admits that she did have doubts but it was a hurdle they easily got over.
The actor and his new wife are head over heels in love with each other. The two married in an intimate ceremony in New York back in 2018. The actor says that he felt like he won the lottery when he married Silva.
"I'm the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be?" He exclaimed. "I'm married to a beautiful woman who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who's fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who's a great cook and who makes the best salads in the worlds."
ALEJANDRA IS A LUCKY WOMAN
Speaking about her husband, Alejandra said, "He is the most humble, sensitive, affectionate, attentive, funny, generous man that I've ever met. What can I say? I'm so in love! How would you feel if each morning you were asked, 'What would make you happy today?' Not a day goes by that he doesn't mention how important I am to him. I feel very lucky."
WHAT DOES ALEJANDRA DO FOR A LIVING?
Mrs. Gere is in charge of a nonprofit organization called Rais Foundation. Its mission is to put a stop to homelessness in Spain. Alejandra shared that she's been homeless before so she can relate to the struggle. She's also not one to shy away from work, Silva's an all or nothing kind of gal!
Her father is Ignacio Silva Botas, a successful businessman who was the vice president of the Spanish football club Real Madrid for 5 years during the 90s. So despite her struggles, there may be a bit of wealth in her family.
ALEJANDRA AND RICHARD FIRST MET THROUGH HER FATHER
The first time the couple met was during Silva's teen years which was over 20 years ago. The actor had borrowed a boat from her father to film a commercial. Even though they had met a long time ago, they only started their romantic connection in 2014.
DOES THE AGE GAP BOTHER THEM?
When fans found out about the age gap between the couple, they were stunned but the pair has an understanding. Silva shared: "He has promised me at least 20 good years! But I have to confess that he has more energy than me, is much more active, it's hard to keep up with him. He's not human!"
Clearly, the couple could go on gushing about each other for days, and thanks to their private life, they're able to live their lives in peace. But, in addition to being lovebirds, the couple is parents to 2 little boys. Speaking of children, let's learn a little bit more about them.
THE GERE BUNCH
As we mentioned earlier, the Runaway Bride actor had his first son Homer with his ex-wife, Carey. Homer is now 20 years old and keeps a low profile despite his parents' fame. He's only been spotted on the red carpet a few times such as at the Giffioni Film Festival in Italy and that was during his childhood.
Richard is also a stepfather to his wife's son Albert Friedland. Silva shares him with her previous husband Govind Friedland. When it comes to Gere's 2 youngest kids, Alexander is almost 2 years old and we are still unclear about his youngest sons' name.
WHY HE DECIDED TO BECOME A FATHER AFTER 50
The Three Christs actor welcomed his first child at 51 but what made him wait so long? Well, there are many reasons why people choose to delay parenthood. His reasoning is unclear but it could have been a matter of waiting for the right time and the perfect person. Of course, he's also had a booming career so that might have been his focus.
HIS VIEWS ON FATHERHOOD
During an interview with The Guardian, Richard shared why he didn't have kids with his first wife Cindy. "It was actually quite simple. I never had an issue about children one way or the other. With Carey, she had a child from a previous marriage, and it was just a natural thing, caring for this child, having our own child. It was totally spontaneous and right,” he said.
When he welcomed his first child with Alejandra, he was over the moon. “The marginal stuff just doesn’t affect you anymore when you weigh it against the real things in your life. All the cliches [about parenthood] are true,” the star shared with The Guardian about what he’s experienced with parenthood.
LESSONS FROM HIS FATHER
The 71-year-old actor has a compassionate approach to parenting - an approach he once said he got from his father, Homer Gere. While attending the City Harvest Festival Gala last year, Gere elaborated on the way his father often showed he and his siblings compassion and said:
“If he didn’t have money, it was a smile or an embrace or whatever he had to help out, and that was around me the whole time I was growing up.”
For Gere, his father is the ultimate definition of a father, the star describes him by saying he's, "always been my hero. When neighbors needed them, he was there." His parents also taught him family values. Gere shared with Page Six
"He’s one of those people that his entire life … whenever someone else was suffering he was there to some degree. If he didn’t have money, it was a smile or an embrace or whatever he had to help out, and that was around me the whole time I was growing up."
HIS HUMANITARIAN WORK
Taking after his dad, Richard has also been involved in community uplifting initiatives. He's traveled to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua to do charity work. "At the end of our lives, I’m not going to be thinking about movies, believe me. I’m going to be thinking about how much love I was able to give and receive in return. I think we all should," the star explained.
Gere frequently advocates for environmental issues and AIDS awareness. He's helped establish a care facility for people affected with the disease and a home facility for women and children ravished with the disease in India. Richard also founded his own humanitarian organization called the Gere Foundation, created to support his humanitarian endeavors.
HIS NET WORTH REFLECT HIS SUCCESSFUL CAREER
When it comes to his career, Richard Gere has surpassed the wealth of his Pretty Woman character. The actor is worth $120 million. This is not surprising considering that he starred in an array of highly successful films including Shall We Dance and The Jackal. He's also a critically acclaimed actor who has scored a Golden Globe Award.
In his 2002 acceptance speech, the star said, “I’m literally totally shocked. I don’t win anything, I honestly did not expect this.” Gere had no clue that his acting career would take him to much higher heights. He once shared that he was simply going with the flow.
HE NEVER THOUGHT HE'D BE SUCH A BIG DEAL
“My career has never been thought out,” he said. “I never engineered a career. I just have always done whatever I wanted. You’re restricted by what you’re offered … but the incredible list of brilliant directors and actors and writers I’ve worked with, you know I’m kind of amazed myself that I’ve been able to ride this career this long with such good people.”
RICHARD ON GETTING OLDER
There was a time when Richard Gere was a handsome young guy living out an enviable career in Hollywood but now he's getting older and he wears his grey hair with pride. “I have never dyed my hair in my life – and I am not going to start now,” he says.
“I have had to darken it for a couple of films, such as Unfaithful. It perhaps knocks off five years, no more. But the moment filming is over, I just let it go grey again," the actor added.
HE'S STILL YOUNG AT HEART
The An Officer and a Gentleman star also stated, "it is the same with facial surgery. Why bother with all that stuff? I am not kept awake worrying about such things at five o’clock in the morning. I try to keep the weight off and stay fit and leave it at that.”
Despite his older age, the star says that life is still a journey of exploration for him, “It feels bizarre because I don’t feel like my life is even halfway over yet. I think I still have the attitude that I haven’t decided what I’m going to do when I grow up."
MARTHA STEWART MADE HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE THIS YEAR
It turns out that Martha Stewart and Richard Gere are actual neighbors. For his 71st birthday, the actor took this as an opportunity to ask for a specially made chocolate caramel cake from the lifestyle guru. Gere saw her make the cake on the Today show and immediately called her to request his very own. Must be nice!
HIS CONVERSION TO BUDDHISM
Richard grew up with the Methodist faith but during his 20s, he developed an interest in Buddhism. He then began studying Zen Buddhism with the help of his mentor Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. After around 6 years, he traveled to Nepal where he was introduced to Tibetan monks and lamas.
Shortly after, he met the 14th Dalai Lama and converted to Tibetan Buddhism. He's an avid supporter of the Dalai Lama, he stands for human rights in Tibet. The actor is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Campaign for Tibet.
HIS WIFE ALEJANDRA IS ALSO BUDDHIST
After she reconnected with Gere, Alejandra converted from Catholic to Buddhism. “I think it was already inside of me. I believe in reincarnation so that’s why I think I was Buddhist before realizing it,” she said in 2015. This is one more thing that brings the couple closer.
RICHARD AND THE DALAI LAMA CAMPAIGN FOR MORE TREES
In 2019, the Dalai Lama and Richard began a campaign to plant trees and raise awareness of Tibet's environmental issues with the help of the British publication, The Daily Mirror. The newspaper encouraged its readers to plant trees in their neighborhoods, the campaigns' goal is to reach 1 million trees in 5 years.
“We need to work together to meet the climate challenge that affects us all, and one of the ways we can do that is to plant trees,” the Dalai Lama said. “Whenever I do so, I make the following wish ‘when the tree is fully grown, may the world have become a happier more peaceful place.’”
RICHARD ON HIS ADVOCACY FOR TIBET
In trying to relieve the human rights issues of the Tibetan nation, Richard feels that in a way, he is saving himself and the world. "All the work that all of us have done in the West to help Tibetan culture is ultimately been about our own transcendence no question about it and in saving Tibet you save the possibility that we are all brothers, sisters."
RICHARD IS THE HAPPIEST HE'S EVER BEEN
Sources say that Richard is in a great place, he feels settled and he's finally living a life that he gains contentment from. “Practicing Buddhism and doing humanitarian work have fulfilled and transformed him, and he is at a stage when he can make the kinds of films that he likes." the source added.
The star is also known for sharing his philosophical views on life and happiness. According to the actor and humanitarian one should always be resilient, “I have made plenty of mistakes. The key to life is to learn from them. I have been a little too introspective, but I think that stemmed from insecurity or shyness. I took a long time to grow up.”
We've learned all about his past relationships, him finding his one true love and the transformation that religion and spirituality have brought him. But what did you find most interesting about this Hollywood legends' personal life? Let us know in the comments!