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Richard Gere, Padma Lakshmi reportedly dating

Richard Gere is reportedly dating Padma Lakshmi.

Richard Gere is reportedly dating Padma Lakshmi. Credit: Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker

Is actor Richard Gere dating cookbook author and "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi?

Us Weekly said Monday that the Golden Globe-winning "Chicago" actor, 64, was quietly seeing Lakshmi, 43, though the magazine specified it was premature to call the two a couple.

Gere and former Bond girl Carey Lowell ("License to Kill"), 53, a Huntington native, separated last year after 11 years of marriage and one child.

Lakshmi has a daughter, Krishna, 3, with former boyfriend Adam Dell, the venture-capitalist brother of Michael Dell, founder of the computer company Dell. The food maven and former model then dated billionaire Teddy Forstmann until his death from cancer in November 2011, at age 71. She had married celebrated author Salman Rushdie in 2004 after a five-year relationship, but the couple filed for divorce in 2007.

Gere was married to model Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995.

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