Richard Gere and his girlfriend Padma Lakshmi have decided to break up six months after news broke that the two had started dating.

Richard Gere, Padma Lakshmi Split

Gere, 65, and Lakshmi, 44, have called it quits, according to multiple outlets. The two apparently “decided they would be better as friends,” according to the New York Daily News' Page Six, which added that both Gere and Lakshmi had been busy with work over the last few months.

Lakshmi, who hosts Bravo’s Top Chef, hinted at the split in a recent interview, making it known that she is currently single.

It was first reported that Gere and Lakshmi had begun dating back in April. "They're just getting to know each other," a source told People magazine. "They're just dating. This is the first person she's dated since Teddy [Forstmann] passed away and she's just putting a toe in the water of the dating world again. They're not sure where it's going yet."

"I wouldn't even go as far as calling them a couple. They are dating,” an insider told Us Weekly. “it's something [Padma] has been approaching very, very delicately. They're just getting to know each other. They're just having fun."

Prior to his brief relationship with Lakshmi, Gere had been married to Carey Lowell for 11 years. The two, who have teenage son Homer together, separated in 2013. He was also married to model Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. As for Laskmi, prior to dating Forstmann, she had a relationship with Adam Dell, with whom she has four-year-old daughter Krishna. She was previously married to writer Salman Rushdie.

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