Richard Gere's New Galpal: Padma Lakshmi

Sources say the relationship is very recent

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2014 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today in "Couples You Didn't See Coming": Richard Gere is dating Padma Lakshmi. Sources tell Page Six, People, Us, and E! that the relationship is quite new, quite hush-hush, and quite casual. "They're just getting to know each other," says one, adding that Gere, 64, is the first person Top Chef host Lakshmi, 43, has dated since billionaire boyfriend Teddy Forstmann died of brain cancer in 2011. "She's just putting a toe in the water of the dating world again. They're not sure where it's going yet." Things apparently started up while Gere, who's in the middle of a divorce from Carey Lowell, has been in New York filming Time Out of Mind.

Padma Lakshmi, wearing KaufmanFranco, arrives at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Richard Gere arrives at the UK Premiere of Arbitrage at Odeon West End on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in London.   (Photo by Miles Willis/Invision/AP)
Celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating the "100 Most Influential People in the World" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday April 23, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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