Cindy Crawford's marriage to Richard Gere was a "great chapter" in her life

BANG Showbiz   | March 14, 2013 17:50 IST (New Delhi)

Cindy and Richard?s marriage broke down because of their 17-year age gap but she credits him with teaching her a lot about the world.


47-year-old supermodel Cindy Crawford has revealed her first marriage to the Arbitrage actor, Richard Gere, 63, was a great chapter in her life.

Cindy has been happily married to Rande Gerber since 1998, with whom she shares son Presley, 13, and 11-year-old daughter Kaia.

She told 'Oprah's Master Class': "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."

Cindy revealed she doesn't view the marriage as a complete failure.

She explained: "Richard's a super smart guy, and he's interesting, and he's interested, and I learned a lot about the world. It was a great chapter in my life."

She also claims the actor taught her a lot about the importance of having a private life.

She said: "Being a nice girl fro the Midwest, my inclination is always to give and say yes because I want people to like me. But then I saw Richard do it in a way that was like, 'You know what? Sorry, I'm not doing that. But I see you.' He felt it was really just about making that connection, looking someone in the eyes and making sure that they felt seen."