Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi Dating? Reports Say Gere Dating ‘Top Chef’ Amid Divorce From Carey Lowell

April 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi are reportedly dating amid Gere’s divorce from Carey Lowell, his wife of 11 years.

Lakshmi is known as the host of the popular television show “Top Chef.”

Gere is an actor who is currently filming a movie called “Time Out of Mind.”

““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 told the New York Post.

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Padma Lakshmi attends the Brooklyn Museum’s 4th annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on April 16, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

“It started very recently and quietly,” a source added to Us Weekly. “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.”

Lakshmi, 43, lives in New York with her three-year-old daughter Krishna. She split with writer Salman Rushdie after three years of marriage in 2007 and dated billionaire Teddy Forstmann until his death in 2011.

Gere, 64, was married to Cindy Crawford for four years before divorcing in 1995. He has a 14-year-old son, Homer, with Lowell.


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