In a year that’s already been filled with celeb babies, another bundle of celebrity joy is on the way. Actor Richard Gere announced he’s going to be a dad again—and his wife Alejandra’s Instagram announcement got plenty of attention. So what makes this pregnancy announcement so amazing?

At 69, it’s hard to believe that Gere is going to be a dad again, especially since his oldest child (with ex-wife Carey Lowell) is 18 years old. Still, it’s an exciting and special announcement for the couple—so special, it turns out, that even the Dalai Lama shared in their joy, as Alejandra posted in a now-deleted photo on Instagram announcing her pregnancy.

The mama-to-be captioned her now-deleted Instagram pic, “A very special moment just a few minutes ago…Getting blessings for our precious to come. We couldn’t say it before telling HH Dalai Lama.” Gere is a practicing Buddhist, which makes this particular blessing from the Dalai Lama all the more meaningful for the couple.

Gere, who was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford and Carey Lowell, married his new bride last April, in secret. The couple then had a celebration for family and friends the following month in May. The 69-year-old star has a son, 18-year-old Homer, with ex-wife Lowell. Alejandra also has a 5-year-old son, Albert, from her marriage to executive Govind Friedland. This will be the couple’s first child together.

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Congrats to the happy couple!

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Alejandra Gere via Instagram

 

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