Something steamy is cooking: Padma Lakshmi and Richard Gere are dating!
The Top Chef host, who was married to Salman Rushdie until 2007 before dating billionaire Teddy Forstmann until his death at age 71 in 2011, and Pretty Woman star recently started seeing one another, reports The New York Post.
A source told the paper that Gere, who recently split from wife Carey Lowell and was previously married to Cindy Crawford for four years, and Lakshmi are still getting to know one another and that their relationship is very fresh.
"They have been quietly spending some time together," a source dished. "It is all very new and recent, and happened while he has been filming in New York."
The insider added, "I wouldn't even go as far as calling them a couple. They are dating. It's the first time Padma has dated anyone since Teddy [Forstmann], and it's something she's been approaching very, very delicately. They just getting to know each other. They're just having fun."
Lakshmi has a three-year-old daughter, Krishna, with ex Adam Dell, while Gere and Lowell share a 10-year-old son, Homer. Here's hoping breaking against type (uh, billionaires) for Lakshmi works out. As for Gere? He has a thing for models, and it doesn't look like that's changed!
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