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09/17/2018 08:52 am ET

Richard Gere To Be A Dad Again At Age 69

The actor's wife, Alejandra Silva, announced the news with a blessing from the Dalai Lama.

Long past his days of being an “American Gigolo,” Richard Gere is set to become a father again at age 69.

The actor’s wife, Alejandra Silva, announced on Instagram Sunday that they are expecting, and they got some spiritual encouragement from the Dalai Lama.

“A very special moment just a few minutes ago ... Getting blessings for our precious to come,” Silva captioned the Instagram photo of the the Buddhist leader placing his hand on her baby bump. “We couldn’t say it before telling HH Dalai Lama.”

The couple, who first started dating in 2014, were married earlier this year. Gere, a Buddhist, is a longtime follower of the Dalai Lama.

The “Pretty Woman” star has an 18-year-old son with ex-wife Carey Lowell. Silva, 35, has a 5-year-old son from a previous marriage.

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