The couple surprised everyone when they wed in 1991, but the union lasted just four years. The supermodel explains what caused the union to implode on this Sunday's episode of Oprah's Master Class.
"I think a lot of what happened with Richard and I was, I was still 22, and at 22 — as a young woman — I was kind of still figuring out who I was and what I wanted to be and he was already 37," she says about the early days of the couple's relationship.
"I just think your twenties for women is such a time when you're starting to come into your own and feel your own power and connect to your inner strength and it's hard to do that — it's hard to change — in a relationship, because what one person might have signed up for, all of a sudden, you're not that anymore," she says.
"I think I was more willing at 22 to be, like, 'Okay, I'll follow,' but then you start going, 'Well, I don't want to just follow — I want to lead sometimes and I want to walk side-by-side sometimes.'"
One important lesson Gere did lead her to, however, was how to deal with fame in a healthy and respectful manner.
"When I would see how he was with fans when they approached him, a lot of the times it wouldn't be a good moment to sign an autograph... but I got to look to him to see how he created boundaries for himself that felt good," she says. "He felt it was really just about making that connection, looking someone in the eyes and making sure that they felt seen."
Watch the entire interview with Cindy Crawford on Oprah's Master Class this Sunday on OWN.
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