In the early ’90s, there was no more talked-about couple on the scene than Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere. Supermodel-turned-50-year-old mom opened up in a rare interview about what it is like to turn 50. She talked about some of the things she might have learned from her ex.
Interestingly enough in Cindy Crawford’s autobiography Becoming, she does not mention Gere. In 1991, the two shocked the world when they flew to Vegas to exchange rings and vows. EW chronicled the roller coaster romance the two shared over the better part of four years. Rumors included that the two stars were both gay, and the whole marriage was a sham. It was also reported that the two spent more time in the arms of others than each other. Richard supposedly romanced Uma Thurman, and Cindy supposedly had a relationship with actor John Enos.
Net-A-Porter asked about the omission of almost four years of her personal life from the book. Crawford’s answer was short and to the point.
“It’s not something I want to share. If I felt that there was a great good that could come of it, I might have shared more, but I didn’t think that there was anything for other people to learn or benefit from. And I wanted to be respectful.”
As the interview progressed, Crawford did finally give up a little of what she learned from Gere.
“Look, I learned a lot from Richard. I learned about how to be famous. Again, that’s not a universal lesson. And a lot of the personal things, everything else I learned from that, were for me.”
All of the answers that Cindy Crawford gave on her relationship with Gere seem to differ from the interview she gave to OWN in 2013. She seemed to learn a lot more in the interview than she was willing to give Gere the credit for now. The transcript is courtesy of the Daily Mail.
“When I would see how he was with fans when they approached him, a lot of the times it wouldn’t be a good moment to sign an autograph, shake a hand or sign a picture. But I got to look to him to see how he created boundaries for himself that felt good.”
“Being a nice girl from the Midwest, my inclination is always to give and say yes because I want people to like me. But then I saw Richard do it in a way that was like, “You know what? Sorry, I’m not doing that. But I see you. He felt it was really just about looking someone in the eyes and making sure that they felt seen.”
“Richard’s a super smart guy, and he’s interesting, and he’s interested, and I learned a lot about the world. It was a great chapter in my life.”
It has been left unsaid what would cause Crawford to do an about face on the relationship she had with Gere. Regardless, she still has to be considered as one of if not the most successful supermodels of all time. She paved the way for the industry. Many of the commercials, endorsements, and popularity in general of some of today’s top models were made possible by Cindy Crawford.
Cindy Crawford made it a point to discuss how her career has now come full circle, and she was quick to point out that she is surprised modeling has taken her this far.
“I remember thinking at age 25 that I had, at most, five years left.”
25 years later she is still going strong and worth a reported $100 million. This is a long way from the Midwest.
What do you think of Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere? Should she have at least acknowledged the relationship in her book?
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