Crawford opened up in the Apple TV+ documentary, 'The Super Models,' saying, "You’re willing to kind of mold yourself around whoever you are in love with"
"I think I was 22 when we met," the supermodel said as she reflected on the relationship. "In the beginning of a relationship, when you're a young woman, you're like, 'You like baseball? I like baseball. Oh, you're really into Tibetan Buddhism? I might be into that. I’ll try that,'" she added of the religious practice Gere was known for.
Crawford added, "You’re willing to kind of mold yourself around whoever you are in love with."
Crawford also mentioned in the series that her career was changing during that time. "He was older, so I just was, like, in a different circle and not doing some of those same fashion-y things anymore," she explained.
While reflecting on her career-launching Pepsi Super Bowl commercial in 1992, she said her relationship with Gere was happening during a "time in my career when I veered away from the high fashion elite and took more control."
Crawford also looked back on one of their most famous appearances together: the 1991 Oscars. The supermodel wore a show-stopping red Versace dress with a low back, a deep v-cut and a high leg slit.
"I got invited to go to the Oscars with Richard. I’m like, 'Well, what do models do well? We wear clothes well. I mean, I better look good,'" she said, adding, "That was kind of what my thinking was, like, 'I’m gonna go to the Oscars, I better be a freakin’ supermodel.'"
Neither Crawford nor Gere have been particularly vocal about their relationship in the decades since their split. But in 1995, Crawford told PEOPLE that distance played a part in their breakup.
"We didn’t spend enough time together," she said at the time. "And we’re equally responsible for that. We thought it would be okay if we just flew in from Paris to L.A. to get together for a night to see each other. It wasn’t."
In her 2015 autobiography, Becoming, Crawford made a decision not to mention her marriage to the actor. "It’s not something I want to share," she explained to Porter, adding, "I wanted to be respectful."
She did admit, though, that she "learned a lot from Richard," including "how to be famous."
"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 said of her relationship with the Pretty Woman actor.
Crawford added, "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.”
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Crawford was 25 when she tied the knot with then-42-year-old Gere in 1991. The couple officially split four years later, in 1995.
Gere went on to marry Carey Lowell in 2002 before their split in 2013. The two share son Homer, 23, and Gere is stepfather to Lowell's daughter Hannah. In 2018, he married Alejandra Silva, and the two are parents to Alexander, 4, and another son, 3.
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