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
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)
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(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.