New Celebrity Couple Alert: Richard Gere, 64, and Padma Lakshmi, 43

Richard Gere Sugar Daddy and Padma LakshmiRichard Gere is still in the mid­dle of final­iz­ing his divorce from his third wife, Carey Low­ell, but he’s already found him­self a new younger woman to move on with. The 64-year-old actor is now report­edly dat­ing 43-year-old TV host Padma Lakshmi.

The rumored celebrity cou­ple is said to have been “qui­etly spend­ing some time together” after meet­ing in Padma Lakshmi’s home­town in New York, where Richard Gere has been film­ing his upcom­ing movie, Time Out of Mind. Accord­ing to an insider, the celebrity couple’s flour­ish­ing May-December rela­tion­ship is still “very new and recent.”

Padma Lak­shmi hasn’t been with another man, at least not in pub­lic, since her long­time boyfriend, bil­lion­aire Teddy Forstmann, died in 2011 from brain can­cer. “It’s the first time Padma has dated any­one since Teddy [Forstmann], and it’s some­thing she’s been approach­ing very, very del­i­cately,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that the celebrity cou­ple is still “just get­ting to know each other. They’re just hav­ing fun.”

Nei­ther Richard Gere nor Padma Lak­shmi has con­firmed or denied the dat­ing rumors yet, but we think they’d make a great celebrity cou­ple. Aside from the fact that they’re both used to being in the spot­light, they’re also both into May-December rela­tion­ships, so they pre­sum­ably know what to expect.

First of all, Padma Lak­shmi clearly has a thing for rich mature men. Before dat­ing Teddy Forstmann, who was 30 years older, she was mar­ried to author Salman Rushdie, who is 23 years older. Mean­while, Richard Gere has always been attracted to younger women. The age dif­fer­ence between him and his first wife, super­model Cindy Craw­ford, is 17 years. The age dif­fer­ence between him and his sec­ond wife is 12 years.

What do you think: Do Richard Gere and Padma Lak­shmi make a good couple?

Sources:

McRady, R., et al., “Update: Richard Gere, Padma Lak­shmi Secretly Dat­ing Amidst His Divorce From Carey Low­ell,” Us Weekly web site, April 21, 2014; http://goo.gl/43kO2i.

Smith, E., et al., “Richard Gere qui­etly dat­ing Padma Lak­shmi,” Page Six web site, April 20, 2014; http://goo.gl/65cqGh.

Photo Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com (Richard Gere), Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com (Padma Lakshmi)