Richard Gere, Padma Lakshmi Call It Quits

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Richard Gere and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi have reportedly called it quits after dating for about six months. They two started dating following Gere's split from wife Carey Lowell.

"It started very recently and quietly. It's very new," a source told Us Weekly back in April. "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, who died in 2011], and it's something she's been approaching very, very delicately."

"They're just getting to know each other. They're just having fun," the source added.

Apparently that fun is over.

Richard Gere and Carey Lowell are parents to teenage son Homer. Lakshmi has a daughter, four-year-old Kristina. Richard Gere was once married to supermodel Cindy Crawford.

The Pretty Woman actor recently touted his latest film, Time Out of Mind, in which he plays a homeless man.

"What probably really helped was I was right in the middle of a divorce [from Carey Lowell], so the emotions were right on the surface," he joked during his speech at he Film Society of Lincoln Center last week. No mention was made of his split from Padma Lakshmi.

Lakshmi also shied away from mentioning her split from Richard Gere. She didn't say anything while a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday and she failed to mention it while she was on The Today Show on Tuesday. E! reports she did mention recently--while on TV--that she is single.

It will be interesting to learn if anything is divulged about the reasons behind Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi's split. Certainly after just six months--and the very low profile the two kept--people didn't expect a 'happily ever after.' Inquiring minds always like to learn the details, however.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.