Richard Gere 'happiest man in the universe' after 'fairytale' wedding to girlfriend Alejandra Silva
Speaking about how the couple met each other for the first time, Silva shared that it was almost love-at-first-sight for the couple
Richard Gere believes that he is "the happiest man in the universe" ever since he got married to his lady love, 35-year-old girlfriend Alejandra Silva, in a fairytale wedding ceremony that took place in April this year.
According to reports, the 'Pretty Woman' star got married to his businesswoman girlfriend in an Indian-inspired ceremony in New York, and the couple exclusively spoke to Hello! Magazine about how married life has been absolutely blissful for them both.
Speaking about his marriage, Gere said, "I'm the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be? I'm married to a beautiful woman who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who's fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who's a great cook - and who makes the best salads in the world!"
Continuing to gush about his new wife, Gere said, "Alejandra meditates, she's a vegetarian, a great mother, has the touch of an angel... and she's also Spanish: the land of kings and queens, of Cervantes and Buñuel... You can't get any better than that."
And the feeling is definitely mutual, because Silva feels the same way about her 68-year-old husband, despite the huge gap in their ages. During the interview, she outlined how there's not a single day that goes by when she doesn't feel like Gere is the man for her.
She explained, "I feel like I'm in a true fairytale. Without a doubt, I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. He is the most humble, sensitive, affectionate, attentive, funny, generous man that I've ever met. What can I say? I'm so in love!
"How would you feel if each morning you were asked: 'What would make you happy today?' Not a day goes by that he doesn't mention how important I am to him. I feel very lucky," she continued.
Gere and Silva crossed paths when he came to stay in Silva's family owned hotel in Positano in 2014. After she fell head-over-heels in love with Gere, she converted to Buddhism and moved to New York, post which, the couple exchanged vows in a romantic ceremony on Gere's ranch outside New York City.
“I was born Catholic, but converted to Buddhism two years ago,” Silva told Spain’s ABC newspaper in 2015. “I think it was already inside of me. I believe in reincarnation so that’s why I think I was Buddhist before realizing it.”
Speaking about how the couple met each other for the first time, Silva shared that it was almost love-at-first-sight for the couple. "A friend introduced us, we looked at each other and felt a very strong connection. We couldn't stop looking at each other all night, and since then we haven't been apart," she shared.
Silva is Gere's third wife; he was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford and Carey Lowell. He was married to Crawford from 1991 to 1995, after which he married Lowell in 2002 only to get a contentious divorce which got finalized in 2015, even though the couple separated in 2013. Gere has one son, 17-year-old Homer, with his second wife Lowell.
Silva, on the other hand, marks her second marriage with Gere, since she was earlier married to Govind Friedland, a mining executive with whom she has 5-year-old son Albert who she welcomed in 2012.