Richard Gere welcomes first child with wife Alejandra Silva, 36, ahead of his 70th birthday

This is the second child for both parents: Gere has a son with former wife Carey Lowell, while Silva has a five-year-old son with former husband Govind Friedland


                            Richard Gere welcomes first child with wife Alejandra Silva, 36, ahead of his 70th birthday

Congratulations for the couple are in order, for Richard Gere and his wife Alejandra Silva have reportedly welcomed their first child, a son she gave birth to in New York City.

The  69-year-old actor and his 36-year-old wife became proud parents to a newborn baby boy "a few days ago." The news of the newborn was revealed by Spanish magazine Hola!, and it comes just seven months before the Hollywood screen veteran celebrates his 70th birthday.

The couple, who are yet to release the name of their newborn publicly, first broke the news of the pregnancy in September last year.  

Actor Richard Gere and girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend the 'Invisibles' (Time Out of Mind) charity premiere at the Callao cinema on November 23, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Actor Richard Gere and girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend the 'Invisibles' (Time Out of Mind) charity premiere at the Callao cinema on November 23, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

The Spanish model shared a photo of herself and husband Gere meeting the Dalai Lama, where he could be seen putting his hand on her bump to bless the unborn child. Fans of the actor would know that Gere is a long-term friend of Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.

Gere, who is a Buddhist himself, is quite a huge advocate for human rights in Tibet, which has resulted in him being blacklisted in Hollywood, according to him. Moreover, the actor has also been banned from entering China due to his support for the state.



 

The couple's bundle of joy arrives after the two lovebirds tied the knot in April after 4 years of being together.

The 'Pretty Woman' actor tied the knot with Silva in a civil ceremony that took place in Spain, after which, the duo celebrated the occasion with friends and family at his home near New York the following month. Gere said in an exclusive interview after the wedding: “I’m the happiest man in the universe and how couldn’t I be!"

Alejandra Silva and actor Richard Gere attend the 'Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer' premiere at the Callao cinema on May 31, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Alejandra Silva and actor Richard Gere attend the 'Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer' premiere at the Callao cinema on May 31, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

He continued, "I’m married to a beautiful, sensitive, funny woman who’s committed to helping people and is a great mother.” Both Silva and Gere have children from their previous relationships: Gere has son Homer with former wife Carey Lowell, while Silva has a five-year-old son Alberto, who she affectionately she calls Albertino.

Gere and Lowell married in 2002 and split 14 years later, although the actor was also previously married to Cindy Crawford for four years between 1991 and 1995. Silva, on the other hand, met Gere while divorcing her first husband and the father of her first child Govind Friedland, the son of mining magnate Robert Friedland.

Actor Richard Gere and girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend the 'The Dinner' premiere during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actor Richard Gere and girlfriend Alejandra Silva attend the 'The Dinner' premiere during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)