Nicolas Cage, 57, slammed for romance with pregnant Riko Shibata, 27, as 'he looks old enough to be her grandfather'01/07/2022
NICOLAS Cage is being blasted over his relationship with Riko Shibata, who is 30 years his junior, after it was revealed 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 is 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 rep told the magazine: "The parents-to-be are elated!"
Nicolas and Riko married on February 16, 2021 in a "very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas," according to a rep for the film star.
The date was significant to Nicolas, as it was late father August Coppola's birthday.
"It's true, and we are very happy," the actor told PEOPLE in a statement at the time.
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While the couple are thrilled with both their nuptials and the news that they're expecting, fans seem to take issue with the idea.
Riko is four years younger than Nicolas' youngest son.
On Reddit, Nicolas was slammed by users as "gross" for his relationship with his much younger wife.
"He looks old enough to be her grandfather," one commenter wrote.
In an older Reddit post about their marriage, a user called him "creepy," writing: "He never looked all that creepy to me until I read this. Ew."
Another joked: "Excuse me where's Mr. Cage? Oh, he's attending the birth of his next wife."
A third user critiqued: "He keeps getting older but they stay the same age."
NIC AND RIKO'S ROMANCE
The couple met in Shiga, Japan in 2020 through mutual friends.
The actor was there to film the movie Prisoners of the Ghostland.
Nicolas and Riko made their magazine cover debut as a couple when they posed for FLAUNT in October 2021.
The following month, they walked the red carpet at the 2021 GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California.
Riko also works as an actress.
The duo made their official red carpet couple debut in July 2021 at the premiere of Nicolas' film, Pig.
He then announced their engagement on brother Marc Coppola's radio show in 2020, shortly after Riko has visited New York with him.
"She left New York and went back to Kyoto, Japan, and I went back to Nevada and I haven't seen her for six months," he said.
"We're really happy together and we're really excited to spend that time together so I finally just said 'Look, I wanna 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 purchased a tomb for himself a decade earlier.
This is far from the actor's first wedding.
He has been married four times in the past.
Nicolas was 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 wed Lisa Marie Presley – Elvis Presley's daughter – twice, but they called it quits after two years.
In 2019, Nicolas was married for a couple days to a woman called Erika Koike.
He shares his eldest son, Weston, with a woman named Christina Fulton.
The pair were never married, however.
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