The supermodel was married to the Hollywood star between 1991 and 1995, and she's speculated on why their relationship went wrong. She was 26 when she tied the knot and Richard was 42, with the star admitting the age gap did play into their issues.
"We're friendly, but I think it's almost like he's gone back to being, like, 'Richard Gere' again, like a stranger because we don't really see each other that much," she told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. "I think part of the problem in our relationship was that we were a lot of other things but I don't know if we were ever friends - like peers, because I was young, and he was Richard Gere. And then, as I started kind of growing up and growing into myself - it's hard to change the nature of a relationship once you're already in it."
Hindsight is what's led Cindy to understand the problems in her former marriage, as at the time of tying the knot she saw no reason why things wouldn't work out.
"I was young," she explained. "I didn't think I was young, though, but I was young. I was with Richard for like six years, but I was only married for two years."
Three years after her split from Richard Cindy married Rande Gerber, and they went on to have two children. They are still together and happier than ever, with Cindy hinting she's learnt from her past marriage mistakes and that's why things are different this time around.
"I think why Rande and I really work is that we were friends first," she said. "I never pretended to like baseball or meditation - or whatever the version is."