Richard Gere, 69, and his new wife Alejandra Silva, 35, have confirmed that they are expecting their first child together.
Alejandra posted a picture to her Instagram account on Sunday, as the pair met the Dalai Lama in the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
The image shows the Dalai Lama with his hand on Alejandra’s bump, blessing the unborn child.
Richard Gere, 69, takes new wife Alejandra Silva, 35, to meet the Dalai Lama… who blesses her bump in first confirmation of pregnancy
Blessing: The meeting occurred in Holland; Richard tied the knot with Alejandra in April, after four years together
Spanish publicist Alejandra wrote: ‘Just a few moments ago… Getting blessings for our precious to come. We couldn’t announce it before telling HH Dalai Lama Muy feliz recibiendo bendiciones para nuestro preciado tesoro por llegar… no lo podía anunciarlo sin antes habérselo dicho a su SS Dalai Lama.. #dalailama #richardgere #alejandragere #love.’
Gere is a long-term friend of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader. A Buddhist himself, Gere is a a prominent advocate for human rights in Tibet – something he says led to him being blacklisted in Hollywood. His support for the state also led to him being banned from entering China.
Close: A Buddhist, Gere is a long-time friend of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader
Sunday’s happy baby news comes after screen icon Richard tied the knot with Alejandra in April, after four years together.
Respected Madrid-based daily newspaper ABC broke the news of Gere’s wedding to the pretty Spaniard, 33 years his junior, earlier this year and first reported the pregnancy last month.
The actor tied the knot with Alejandra at a civil ceremony in Spain in April before celebrating the occasion with friends and family at the actor’s home near New York the following month.
Support: The actor a prominent advocate for human rights in Tibet
He admitted after the US blessing: ‘I am the happiest man in the universe, how could I not be?’
The pair both have children of their own.
Insurance agent’s son Richard has an 18-year-old son called Homer with former wife Carey Lowell.
Alejandra, who met her current husband while divorcing her first husband Govind Friedland, the son of mining magnate Robert Friedland, has a five-year-old son called Alberto she calls Albertino.
Gere met his future wife at a luxury Italian boutique hotel Alejandra bought with her former husband and was managing at the time.
Happy couple: The actor tied the knot with Alejandra at a civil ceremony in Spain in April before celebrating the occasion with friends and family at the actor’s home near New York the following month; the two are seen in September
Lots to celebrate: The Pretty Woman star tied the knot with Alejandra after four years together at a civil ceremony in Spain in April (pictured in Berlin in February)
The pretty Galician-born blonde, the daughter of a former Vice President of Real Madrid who was educated at Leweston School in Dorset, told glossy magazine Hola in September 2016: ‘Richard has been my hero in real life.
‘I was a little lost, without light, and meeting him gave sense to my life.
‘I felt like someone was stretching out his hand and showing me the true path.’
Their relationship first became public in June 2015.
Former love: Richard, who will celebrate his 69th birthday at the end of this month, has an 18-year-old son called Homer with former wife Carey Lowell (pictured together in 2013)