Richard Gere, father of two at 72, fears dying before seeing his kids grow up

Gere was 69 years old when he welcomed his first child, Alexander, with Alejandra Silva in 2019.
All parents want to see their children grow up to be incredible human beings. They look forward to being by their children’s side, celebrating each milestone they achieve in their lives. But for some, this dream unfortunately remains unfulfilled and Hollywood star Richard Gere is afraid, he is one of them.

The heartthrob became a father much later in his life. While fatherhood seems to have come at the perfect time for Gere, it’s his timing that has left him genuinely concerned.

According to Radar Online, the 72-year-old fears he won’t get the chance to be a part of his children’s lives for long due to his age. He heartbreakingly believes he wouldn’t be around long enough to guide them and see them evolve into mature, independent adults.

“He knows that he is EXTREMELY old to be a father. He can do the math, and that made him very aware that his time is limited,” a source shared. Gere was 69 when he welcomed his first child, Alexander, with Alejandra Silva in 2019. It was a special pregnancy for the Buddhist couple whose child was blessed by the Dalai Lama himself while in the womb.
Although Alexander is the couple’s first child, Gere has a 21-year-old son from his previous marriage to Carey Lowell. Silva even has a 9-year-old son with her ex-husband Govind Friedland. So when Gere found out that he was going to be a father for the second time, he was elated because he was with someone he loved with all his heart.

But at the same time, he was also worried. “Richard wanted to make sure he found the right woman before having another child. When he found out they were pregnant, he realized how difficult it would be for him to raise a young child,” the source added. Gere was so bothered by the idea of ​​being an absent father that he approached the Dalai Lama, his spiritual teacher.
“The Dalai Lama reminded him that, as a Buddhist, he believes in reincarnation. He has found some comfort in the fact that if he dies before the child becomes an adult, he will somehow come back to experience it! bit of peace,” the source explained. After finding comfort in his words, Gere focused all of his energy on becoming a good father.

It turns out that he even told the Daily Mail that he is not worried about becoming an older father. Then, in April 2020, he welcomed his second child with Silva at the age of 70. While he sounds unconventional, Gere has found a way to overcome his fears. He now enjoys his private life with his soulmate and his two children.