Model Cindy Crawford and actor Richard Gere split 18 years ago, and she recently told Oprah Winfrey it had a lot to do with their age difference.
"I think a lot of what happened with Richard and I was, I was still 22 and at 22 — as a young woman — I was kind of still figuring out who I was and what I wanted to be and he was already 37," Cindy told Oprah (via the New York Post). "I just think your twenties for women is such a time when you're starting to come into your own and feel your own power and connect to your inner strength and it's hard to do that – it's hard to change – in a relationship, because what one person might have signed up for, all of a sudden, you're not that anymore. ... I think I was more willing at 22 to be, like, 'Okay, I'll follow,' but then you start going, 'Well, I don't want to just follow — I want to lead sometimes and I want to walk side by side sometimes.'"
As the great Keith Urban put it: "They say behind every man is a good woman/But I think that's a lie/'Cause when it comes to you I'd rather have you by my side." A lot of these older men aren't looking for an equal partner — and a 15- or 16-year age gap isn't even that much by Hollywood standards. It's sometimes 20 years or even more. Not that all age gaps are a problem. Sometimes age is just a number, but in Tinseltown it always seems like the woman's number is much, much lower.