Richard Gere has reportedly separated from his wife, actress Carey Lowell, due to differences in lifestyle preferences.

Gere, an avid Buddhist, prefers a quiet life while Lowell enjoys socializing.

“They have a place in Bedford [N.Y.], and he likes it because it’s quiet and he likes the solitude. She likes being in North Haven in the limelight,” a source told Page Six.

According to the report, Lowell might have to move out of their North Haven home; the property was announced as for sale in July – the famous couple is seeking $65 million for the house.

Reps for the couple had no comment and expressed no plans to address the rumors, saying, “We are not releasing a statement nor commenting.”

Gere and Lowell have been married for 11 years, together for 18 years and have a 13-year-old son, Homer. A source close to the couple confirmed the news of a separation and emphasized that they plan to keep the focus on their son.

“They’ll do everything possible to keep things amicable and put their child first,” the source told People.

Lowell, a former model, starred in Law & Order for five years, until 2001, but has not appeared onscreen since the 2007 short-lived television drama Six Degrees. Meanwhile, Gere has continued his career, opting to participate in only a few movies a year. It is unclear what a separation could mean for Lowell’s career as an actress.

When promoting his 2008 film Nights in Rodanthe, Gere opened up about his marriage, calling the love he and Lowell share a love without ego.

“Our marriage is brilliant because of Carey. She’s a fellow traveler with me on the voyage. We’re partners, honest mirrors in which to see ourselves and grow and change. We help each other. It is love without ego. And that’s a big deal for any of us – to back off our egos and be there for someone else. That’s why people get married, isn’t it, because they want to be with that person?” Gere told Parade.

This is Gere’s second marriage, he was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford. If the couple files for divorce, it will be the third divorce for Lowell who was previously married to photographer John Stembler and actor-director Griffin Dunne.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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