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How Cindy Crawford Overcame a Divorce Only to Find Her True Love in a Friend

The roads of love are almost never completely straight. From its curves and ups and downs, lasting relationships can emerge. But others can end sooner than expected. An example of the latter is model Cindy Crawford, who knows very well what it’s like to be on both sides.

Bright Side loves inspiring stories that help us not lose faith in love. That’s why we want to share with you Crawford’s story, who, while still very young, thought she had found the one. But when the relationship didn’t work out, instead of closing the doors of her heart, she found her life partner for real.

She was just over 20 and already a supermodel with an established career. She was at the pinnacle of success, posing on the covers of fashion magazines and walking the runways of the best designers back then. In the midst of her professional triumph, came a love affair with a movie star who was shining brightly, and that seemed to be the icing on the cake in her life.

It was Richard Gere, who at the time was almost 40 years old and had already paved his path in Hollywood, with iconic films like American Gigolo. He and Cindy met at a mutual friend’s party and started dating. The connection was very particular and, after a couple of years, they got married in an almost impromptu ceremony in Las Vegas.

From then on, they lived marriage in the light of the cameras: fans wanted to know everything, as they were one of the most mediatic couples at the time. They seemed to be the perfect combination of fame, charm, and beauty; however, 4 years later their story as a couple ended.

Between film shoots, modeling, and ad campaigns, the time they could spend together was limited. That’s something that shortly after the divorce the model acknowledged, “We didn’t spend a lot of time together, and we’re equally responsible for that.” But in recent years, her view in retrospect has changed: “I think part of the problem is that I don’t know if we were ever friends.”

After the media-heavy divorce, Cindy found the love of her life in a friend, who has been to this day her strongest friendship, her husband and the father of her two children.

Rande Gerber is a businessman Crawford met when she was still married to Gere, but they began dating after their divorce and ended up getting married in 1998.

With some lessons learned from her first marriage, Cindy knew that the most important thing for her in a relationship was that they could, above all, be friends: “We started as friends and I know that Rande and I will always be friends, no matter what.” That is for her the basis of a lasting relationship, as it is what ensures that there is always respect between the two: “We listen to each other, and I’m going to want that kind of friendship in my life, no matter what”.

They are now celebrating 24 years together. They have a beautiful family with children Presley and Kaia, and they keep proving to everyone that their relationship is still strong. Cindy’s words about her husband are comforting: “He’s still the one, after all these years. I’m proud of us, for the life we’ve created.”

What do you think is the key for a couple to keep a healthy relationship for a long time? Share it with us in the comments.

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