Richard Gere to be a dad again at 69 as wife Alejandra, 35, officially announces they are expecting a baby

The 69-year-old actor and the Spanish publicist, 35, shared the big news on Instagram along with a picture of the Dalai Lama blessing their baby.

Alejandra wrote: "A very special moment just a few minutes ago… Getting blessings for our precious to come.. we couldn’t announce it before telling HH Dalai Lama☺️ #dalailama #richardgere #alejandragere #love."

Last month reports claimed the pair were expecting their first child together, but today is the first time the couple has addressed speculation.

The Pretty Woman actor married the Spanish publicist in April after four years of dating.

Spanish daily newspaper ABC was the first to report news of the pregnancy last month.

The publication said it was not yet known if the baby would be born in Alejandra's native Spain, or in America, where the couple spend most of their time.

Both Richard and Alejandra already have children from previous relationships.

Richard has 18-year-old son Homer from his marriage to second wife Carey Lowell, while Alejandra has five-year-old son Alberto from her first marriage to Govind Friedland.

The actor was also married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 until 1995, before tying the knot with Carey in 2002.

However, they split up in September 2013, with their divorce being finalised in October 2016.

The couple met at a luxury Italian hotel Alejandra had bought with her former spouse and was managing at the time.

Following their wedding in Spain back in April, the couple had a blessing in the US near Richard's New York home.

He said afterwards: "I am the happiest man in the universe, how could I not be?"

For her part, Alejandra told Hola magazine in September 2016: "Richard has been my hero in real life.

"I was a little lost, without light, and meeting him gave sense to my life.

"I felt like someone was stretching out his hand and showing me the true path."

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