Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, 17-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

It isn’t uncom­mon to see movie stars and super­mod­els get­ting together—it’s like a moth to a flame. That’s why it wasn’t much sur­prise when actor Richard Gere started dat­ing super­model Cindy Craw­ford, despite their 17-year age dif­fer­ence. When the celebrity cou­ple first met in 1988, Gere was already a pop­u­lar actor with sev­eral hit films (like Oscar win­ner An Offi­cer and a Gen­tle­man), and Craw­ford had already estab­lished a suc­cess­ful mod­el­ing career. When they met, Craw­ford was in her early 20s and Gere was near­ing 40.

Even with their sig­nif­i­cant age dif­fer­ence, the celebrity cou­ple mar­ried in Decem­ber 1991. But after only three years of mar­riage, Gere and Crawford’s rela­tion­ship started to fall apart and their divorce was final­ized in 1995—he was 42 and she was only 25.

When asked what went wrong in their mar­riage, Craw­ford didn’t have to think twice—it was their 17-year age dif­fer­ence that tore them apart. “I just think your twen­ties, for women, is such a time when you’re start­ing to come into your own and feel your own power and con­nect to your inner strength, and it’s hard to do that—it’s hard to change—in a rela­tion­ship, because what one per­son might have signed up for, all of a sud­den, you’re not that any­more,” explained Craw­ford. She admit­ted that as she got older, she started feel­ing the need to be her own per­son, rather than fol­low behind as a movie star’s young wife.

Gere also admit­ted that he rushed into mar­riage, even though it prob­a­bly wasn’t the wis­est move because they both wanted dif­fer­ent things. “I mar­ried her because I didn’t want to lose her. But we didn’t have the per­fect marriage—it wasn’t hap­pen­ing as well as either of us wanted.”

Craw­ford went on to marry again in 1998, this time to model Rande Ger­ber, who is only four years older. They have two chil­dren together. Gere went on to marry actress Carey Low­ell, who is 11 years younger, in 2002. While Crawford’s sec­ond mar­riage is still going strong, it was revealed in Sep­tem­ber 2013 that Gere and Low­ell were sep­a­rat­ing because of dif­fer­ent lifestyle preferences—she enjoyed life in the spot­light, while he pre­ferred to stay low-key.


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John­son, Z., “Cindy Craw­ford Blames Failed Mar­riage to Richard Gere on 17-Year Age Gap,” Us Weekly web site, March 13, 2013;

Schnei­der, K.S., “True Romance,” Peo­ple web site, Octo­ber 18, 1993;

Photo Credit: Helga Esteb / (Richard Gere), s_bukley / (Cindy Crawford)

  • sam

    What is the attrac­tion to this washed up old guy. Is she doing hard drugs or just lost her mind?