Richard Gere has sparked speculation he has a new girlfriend. The Chicago
actor had been romancing Top Chef
host Padma Lakshmi for the last few months, but he was seen holding hands with a brunette who was ''definitely not'' Padma at Tutto Il Giorno in Southampton, New York, on Friday evening, a source told the New York Post
's Page Six column. However, another source insisted Richard, 64, and Padma have been travelling a lot internationally and only saw one another last week. The Buddhist actor - who split from wife Carey Lowell last September after 11 years of marriage - was in the Himalayas earlier this month as part of the Dalai Lama's 79th birthday celebrations,
while Padma has been in London. Richard and Carey - who have 14-year-old son Homer together - never officially confirmed they were separating but were said to have been living apart for some time before their split.