Richard Gere Has "Been Quietly Dating 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi

Richard Gere has already moved on from wife Carey Lowell even thought their divorce isn't even finalized.

The 64 year-old actor is now dating 43-year-old 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi.

Gere only split form his actress wife of 11 years this past September (2013), but despite people thinking he has rushed into another relationship, it is "very new and recent."

"They have been quietly spending some time together," a source told Page Six. "It is all very new and recent, and happened while he has been filming in New York."

The 'Pretty Women' actor, who still has to deal with his impending divorce from Lowell, is currently in the big apple to shoot the movie 'Time Out of Mind' in which he stars as a homeless man who attempts to reconnect with his daughter (Jena Malone).

"It started very recently and quietly," another source told Us Weekly. "It's very new. 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," the insider continued. "They're just having fun."

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Gere and soon-to-be ex-wife Lowell share a 14 year-old son together, called Homer. Lakshmi has one 3 year-old daughter, Krishna, whom she shares with ex Adam Dell.

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The Indian-born cookbook author was previously married to famed novelist Salman Rushdie for three years before divorcing in 2007, and she also dated billionaire Teddy Forstmann until his death at age 71 in 2011.

Neither Gere nor Lakshmi have commented on these recent reports.

Padma Lakshmi hosts Bravo TV's 'Top Chef'

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Richard Gere is currently going through a divorce with Carey Lowell


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