has learned Richard Gere may have a new lady in his life — model and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi.


“It started very recently and quietly,” a source tells Us. “It’s very new. I wouldn’t even go as far as calling them a couple. They are dating. It’s the first time Padma has dated anyone since Teddy [Forstmann], and it’s something she’s been approaching very, very delicately. They just getting to know each other. They’re just having fun.”

I believe Gere is currently filming the movie Time Out of Mind, in which he portrays a homeless man named George who is trying to reconnect with his daughter Maggie (Jena Malone).

Gere is still in the process of divorcing his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell. They share a son together, 14-year-old Homer. Lakshmi has a 3-year-old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with her ex-boyfriend, venture capitalist Adam Dell.