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Cindy Crawford: Big Age Difference to Blame For Richard Gere Divorce

Pay attention, Bradley Cooper.

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.

Source: New York Post

03.15.2013 / 04:41 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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