The Secret to Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's 25-Year Marriage

We'll give you a hint: "It's important in relationships to remain friends."
Inside Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber's 25-Year Marriage
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Updated Jan 17, 2024

Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber recently celebrated 25 years of matrimony, a milestone that makes their union one of longest marriages among A-listers and famous couples alike. Crawford rose to fame in the '80s and '90s as one of the world's most recognized supermodels. With her striking features and iconic birthmark, she has graced countless magazine covers, runways and fashion campaigns, which is highlighted on Apple TV's The Super Models. Gerber may not have had the same public visibility as his wife, but has certainly made his mark as a successful entrepreneur.

Crawford and Gerber's story is not just one of individual successes, but of a partnership that has flourished in the limelight. Married in 1998, the couple has navigated the complexities of fame, business and family, eventually raising two children together: their son, Presley Gerber, and daughter, Kaia Gerber, who is dating Austin Butler. As this article unfolds, we'll delve into the details of Crawford and Gerber's relationship timeline, including insights about their wedding, their children and their secret to a long-lasting and successful marriage. Here's what we know.

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Who is Cindy Crawford's Husband?

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
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Rande Gerber, widely recognized as the husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford, is a former model himself and is known for his success as an entrepreneur. He has founded several influential nightlife companies, including The Gerber Group, which is known for revolutionizing the bar scene in cities across the United States. His vision helped to transform ordinary hotel bars into trendy, upscale destinations, setting new standards in the industry.

He furthered his business portfolio by co-founding Casamigos Tequila with actor George Clooney, who is a long-time friend of Gerber's. "George and I met probably over 20 years ago." Gerber shared with ET in an interview from 2016. "He was shooting a movie in New York. I owned a bar at the time and he was coming in and we just became friends. We'd have a couple of drinks, couple of tequilas. Actually we met over tequila."

Gerber and Clooney's tequila-centric meet cute seems to have foreshadowed their Casamigos journey, which turned into a highly lucrative and respected brand that sold in 2017 for $1 billion.

How Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber Met

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
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Crawford and Gerber met in the early '90s when they were both in other relationships. Gerber had a girlfriend at the time, while Crawford was married to actor Richard Gere (who is 17 years older than her).

"We met at my agent's wedding," she said in a 2015 interview with Harper's Bazaar. "When I met him, I was still with Richard and he didn't want to go to the wedding with me. Rande also had a girlfriend at the time so he wasn't looking to meet anyone either and that's the best time to meet someone because that's when you're truly yourselves. We became friends and after Richard and I broke up, then we started dating."

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's Relationship Timeline

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's Relationship Timeline
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Early 1990s: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber become friends

The couple met at Crawford's agent's wedding, where they became friends. Once she and Richard Gere divorced in 1995, Crawford and Gerber started dating.

1998: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber Marry in the Bahamas

Crawford and Gerber got married at the Ocean Club in Nassau, the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. According to People, the couple had a private beach wedding with about 90 guests, which was catered with seafood, pasta, roast beef and a three-tiered carrot cake.

1999: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber welcome their first child

On July 2, 1999, Crawford and Gerber welcomed their first child: a son they named Presley Gerber.

2001: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber welcome their second child

The couple welcomed their second child, their daughter Kaia Gerber, on September 3, 2001.

2013: Rande Gerber starts Casamigos with George Clooney and friend Michael Meldman

Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber and George Clooney
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Casamigos actually started out as a private collection of tequila for friends and family. According to a 2017 interview with CNBC, it was never meant for the public. "It was just for us," Gerber told CNBC. "We didn't really want to be in the business. We figured, George is an actor and a director. I own restaurants and bars and wasn't looking to get in another business."

"But then the distiller called and said, 'Hey guys, we have a little problem: In the past two years, we've been sending you about a thousand bottles a year. Either you're selling it or you're drinking way too much—either way, we can't keep calling it samples. You guys have to get licensed and do this right.'" Which is exactly what they did, making their tequila business official in 2013.

2017: Casamigos sells for $1 billion

According to a report by BBC, Casamigos sold to Diageo, a British company that owns other popular spirits like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Tanqueray. Diageo said it would pay $700 million initially, with a further $300 million due over 10 years.

2022: The Gerber family attend Celine to support Kaia

Cindy Crawford at Celine
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The couple, along with their son Presley, attended the Celine fall/winter 2023 Fashion Show together to see Kaia Gerber walk the runway. In a reel she posted to Instagram, Crawford called the event a "family affair."

May 2023: Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber celebrate their 25th anniversary

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber celebrate their 25th anniversary
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On May 29, 2023, Crawford took to Instagram to celebrate her and Gerber's 25 years of marriage together, posting a series of photos shot by Arthur Elgort on their wedding day, along with a heartfelt caption wishing Gerber a happy anniversary. "I would do it all over again in a second," she wrote.

September 2023: "The Super Models" series starring Cindy Crawford is released on Apple TV

Apple TV released a docu-series that delves into the careers of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington and how they became fashion icons in the 1980s.

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's Wedding

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber tie the knot
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According to People, Crawford and Gerber tied the knot quietly on the beach of Paradise Island's secluded Ocean Club resort. "We married in the Bahamas in front of our friends and family and it was so special—it was different for my second wedding. We walked each other down the aisle." Crawford told Harper's Bazaar in 2015.

They kept things simple, with Crawford wearing a short spaghetti-strapped dress she got off the rack. "I actually told a stylist friend of mine that I had to go to a black-and-white party, so to bring me some black dresses and some white dresses, because we didn't tell anyone we were getting married," Crawford revealed to Harper's Bazaar in July 2016. "That was just one of the white dresses and it was perfect. It was off-the-rack Galliano, and I love it."

Cindy Crawford and Rande
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They danced the night away to live music by the Baha Men (remember "Who Let the Dogs Out" from 2000?) and enjoyed a weekend honeymoon together at the Ocean Club before returning to their day-to-day lives.

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's Children

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's family
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Crawford and Gerber welcomed their son Presley in 1999 and daughter Kaia in 2001. Both were delivered at the couples' home."Having kids changes your life in every way—in ways you didn't think possible before you have kids," Crawford said to Harper's Bazaar in 2015. "They teach me how to not abuse Instagram, they're like, 'too many hashtags, Mom!' They taught me how strong I am."

Now at 24 and 22, Presley and Kaia are starting their own careers. While Presley has dabbled in modeling and real estate, Kaia is focussed on modeling and acting. She announced on Instagram that she'll be starring in an upcoming Apple TV series called Palm Royale, which is premiering on March 20, 2024.

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's family
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Kaia has also worked alongside her mother on several campaigns, including OMEGA, a Swiss luxury watch brand. "I do feel like we've established a really strong bond and friendship outside of just a mother-daughter dynamic, which has been so fun for me over the last few years," Gerber told People in 2023.

While Kaia and Crawford have a mother-daughter relationship, Crawford explained, "But I think when we work together, it's really no different than if I was working with another professional. I feel like when I'm at work with you, it's not like, 'Oh, I am with my daughter. She's also Kaia and she has her own place in the world.'"

Kaia is currently in a relationship with actor Austin Butler, who is known for his role as Elvis in the 2022 musical biopic. We'll be seeing more of him in upcoming movies in 2024, including Dune: Part Two and The Bikeriders.

The Secret to Crawford and Gerber's Long-Lasting Marriage

The Secret to Crawford and Gerber's Long-Lasting Marriage
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The success and longevity of the couple's union seems to stem from a foundation of friendship. "It's important in relationships to remain friends," Gerber said in an interview with People. "Go out, have fun, laugh and try not to take life too seriously," he added. "Let loose and enjoy the time that we do have."

For Crawford, it's also about making sure they spend quality time together. "All throughout our marriage, we have made time to just be together, whether it's a walk on the beach or a weekend away," she told People in 2017.

The Secret to Crawford and Gerber's Long-Lasting Marriage
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"And I think we laugh with each other and we really respect each other's opinion. Even when we don't agree. When he doesn't agree with me, I am fascinated. I want to know why, because I respect him enough to hear him out and he does the same for me."

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