Richard Gere and his long-time wife Carey Lowell have separated. Here are the 5 Fast Facts on the couple and what led to this sad news.
1. The Split Was Expected
Though much of the public and many media sources are shocked by the split, friends say that Richard Gere's split from his wife was not a surprise. According to Page Six, the two have been spending time apart for a while.
2. The Two Live Different Lifestyles
Gere and Lowell have come to enjoy different things, living almost separate lives anyway. An insider told Page Six that:
They have a place in Bedford [NY], and he likes it because it’s quiet and he likes the solitude. She likes being in North Haven in the limelight.
Another source says the couple has drifted into different lifestyles because Gere is a Buddhist who craves privacy and Lowell likes socializing with other "bigwigs."
3. Gere and Lowell Have Actually Been Together for 17 Years
The couple has been married for 11 years, but Richard Gere actually dated Lowell for 7 years before tying the knot. They have one son together.
4. Lowell Was a Bond Girl
It's no wonder that Gere fell for Carey Lowell. What man can resist a "Bond Girl?" Check out the video to see Lowell as Pam Bouvier, opposite Timothy Dalton in License to Kill.
Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in 'License To Kill' (1989). pic.twitter.com/E8EvN3430K
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Lowell was also on Law & Order for about five years and was the late wife of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.
5. The Couple Plans to Divorce
OK! Magazine reports that the couple are going to file for divorce soon, so this separation is just protocol leading up to the big "D."