NICOLAS Cage is being criticized for his relationship with Riko Shibata, who is 30 years younger than him, after it was revealed that the couple welcomed their first child together.
The actor tied the knot for the fifth time in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas.
Nicolas’ rep confirmed to PEOPLE on Thursday that the couple are expecting a baby.
The child will be the actor’s third, as he has sons Ka-El Coppola, 16, and Weston Coppola, 31, from past relationships.
His agent told the magazine: “The parents-to-be are thrilled!”
Nicolas and Riko get married on february 16, in 2021 in a “very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas,” according to the movie star’s rep.
The date is significant to Nicolas, as it is the birthday of his late father August Coppola.
“It’s true, and we’re very happy,” the actor told PEOPLE in a statement at the time.
While the couple are thrilled with their wedding and the news they’ve been looking forward to, fans seem to have problems with the idea.
Riko is four years younger than Nicolas’ youngest son.
On Reddit, Nicolas was considered “crude” by users because of his relationship with his much younger wife.
“He looks old enough to be her grandfather,” one person commented.
In an older Reddit post about their marriage, one user called him “creepy,” writing: “He never looked scary to me until I read this. Ew.”
Another joked: “Sorry, where is Mr. Cage? Oh, he’s expecting his next wife.”
A third user criticized: “He keeps getting older but they’re still the same age.”
NIC AND RIKO’s romance
The couple met in Shiga, Japan in 2020 through mutual friends.
The actor was present for the filming of the movie Prisoners of the Ghostland.
Nicolas and Riko make their first appearance on the cover of the magazine as a couple when they take a photo SHOW OFF in October 2021.
The following month, they walked the red carpet at the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California.
Riko also works as an actor.
The duo officially debuted the couple on the red carpet in July 2021 at the premiere of Nicolas’ film Pig.
He then announced their engagement on his brother Marc Coppola’s radio show in 2020, shortly after Riko visited New York with him.
“She left New York and went back to Kyoto, Japan, and I went back to Nevada and I didn’t see her for six months,” he said.
“We’re really happy together and we’re really excited to spend that time together, so in the end I just said ‘Look, I want to marry you’ and we got engaged on FaceTime.”
Nicolas and Riko were first spotted together in February 2020 when he took her to visit New Orleans, where he famously bought a grave for himself a decade earlier.
This is far from the actor’s first wedding.
He was married four times in the past.
Nicolas has married to Alice Kim, with whom he shares son Kal-El, from 2004 to 2016.
From 1995 to 2001, he was married to Patricia Arquette.
He also married Lisa Marie Presley – daughter of Elvis Presley – twice, but they called for a divorce after two years.
In 2019, Nicolas was married for a few days to a woman named Erika Koike.
He shares his eldest son, Weston, with a woman named Christina Fulton.
However, the couple was never married.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/celebrities/17246339/nicolas-cage-slammed-for-romance-with-pregnant-riko-shibata/ Nicolas Cage, 57, is shut down over an affair with pregnant 27-year-old Riko Shibata, because ‘he looks old enough to be her grandfather’