Surprise Couple Alert: Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi Dating?

Richard Gere is wearing another famous model on his arm, if word ’round the blogosphere is to believed. The Pretty Woman star, now 64, is reportedly dating ex-catwalker and current Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

Gere — who was married to Cindy Crawford for four years back in the early ’90s — separated from second wife Carey Lowell last fall. While the ink on the divorce paperwork is drying, Richard’s been keeping busy by reportedly romancing Padma. The relationship is the first for the single mother with impeccable abs since she lost longtime love Teddy Forstman to a brain tumor in 2011.

The New York Post’s Page Six first spilled the beans on the scoop on Monday writing:

“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.”

Richard — who shares a 14-year-old son, Homer, with Carey — is currently in the Big Apple filming Time Out of Mind in the City, a drama about a homeless man struggling to connect with his estranged daughter. Padma, 43, has a three-year-old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with Adam Dell — the venture capitalist brother of techie entrepreneur Michael Dell.

Gere and Lowell never formally confirmed their separation, but have been living apart for some time. Snoops say Padma’s approaching the new relationship gingerly.

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