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