The New York Post’s Page Six revealed that Gere, 64, and Lakshmi, 43, are in a relationship, and that they have recently started dating.
“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 Page Six.
Richard Gere is currently in New York, were he is shooting for the film “Time Out of Mind”, which tells the story of a homeless man trying to reconnect with his daughter.
Richard Gere and his wife Carey Lowell, with whom he has a son, Homer, 14, were separated in 2013 after 11 years of marriage. He was also married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995.
Padma Lakshmi was the fourth wife of writer Salman Rushdie, whom she was married to from 2004 to 2007. Then she began a relationship with billionaire Teddy Forstmann, which lasted until his death in 2011.
She has a 3-year-old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, from a previous relationship with Adam Dell, brother of Michael Dell.