Who is Riko Shibata? Meet Nicolas Cage's fifth wife 31 years younger than him and 4 years younger than his son
The wedding bells are ringing once again for actor Nicolas Cage. The 'National Treasure' star got married for the fifth time to a woman named Riko Shibata at the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas on February 16, as confirmed by his representative.
In a statement released by the Hollywood star, Cage confirmed, "It’s true, and we are very happy." The wedding was a close and intimate affair, which was attended by his ex-wife-turned friend, Alice Kim, who is also the mother of his 15-year-old son, Kal-El Coppola Cage. According to Clark County's marriage license list, Cage's new wife is listed as Riko Cage. In case you're wondering who Cage's new bride is, here's all you need to know about the 26-year-old bride.
Who is Riko Shibata?
Born and raised in New York City, Riko Shibata is a well-known actress, model, and Internet personality. If reports are to be believed, holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is Asian-American.
One of the most striking things about Riko and Cage's relationship is the huge age difference between the couple. Riko just turned 26 on January 10, 2021. This makes her 31 years younger than her husband, who is 57 years old. This gets even more interesting when you realize that Cage's new bride is four years younger than his oldest son, Weston Coppola Cage, who is 30 years old.
Catch their wedding photos here:
[PICS] Nicolas Cage and Riko Shibata Wedding Photos at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on February 16th 2021 pic.twitter.com/xRK2ZjbztX— NicolasCageOnFire (@CageOnFire) March 6, 2021
How did Nicolas Cage meet Riko Shibata?
So, how did Cage and Riko cross paths? According to HollywoodLife, the couple met over a year ago in Shiga, Japan. The couple was first spotted together on a date in New Orleans in February 2020. They were later photographed walking around New York City, holding hands, in March 2020, before the pandemic brought the world to a standstill.
The couple's relationship became a long-distance one during the pandemic as, Riko reportedly left for Kyoto, Japan, while Cage remained in Nevada. Cage revealed this while appearing on his brother's podcast. He said, "She left New York and went back to Kyoto, Japan, and I went back to Nevada and I haven’t seen her for 6 months."
How did Nicolas Cage propose to Riko Shibata?
In Cage's case, distance clearly made his heart grow fonder for Riko. On his brother's podcast, Cage revealed that he proposed to Riko via FaceTime, and sent her the ring via FedEx. "We’re really happy together and we’re really excited to spend that time together so I finally just said, 'look, I wanna marry you' and we got engaged on FaceTime. I got her a black diamond engagement ring. Her favorite color is black so she wanted the black gold and the black diamond. I customized and personalized it and I actually sent it to her [through] FedEx," he added.
When the couple finally decided to walk down the aisle last month, Riko wore a beautiful Japanese bridal kimono, that was reportedly handmade in Kyoto. Cage's rep shared with HollywoodLife, "She wore the traditional kimono as she walked down the aisle to her favorite song, Kiroro‘s “Winter Song,” to meet Nicolas (who was wearing a tuxedo from Tom Ford)."
Cage was last married to makeup artist Erika Koike two years ago. The marriage lasted for four days, as the star asked for an annulment citing that they both were "intoxicated". Cage was married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, he then tied the knot to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 2002. The couple's divorce was finalized in 2004. Just two months after the finalization of their divorce, Cage married his third wife, Alicia Kim.
Nicolas and Alice's wedding took place in a California ranch in late July of 2004, and they had a son together named Kal-El (which was inspired by Superman's birth name) in 2005. Alice and Nicolas announced their intention to end their marriage in early 2016, and their divorce was finalized by the end of the year.