Though known as one of the most talented, dedicated actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage, in recent times, has developed a reputation as somewhat of a “madman.”
Seemingly unhinged and immensely unorthodox, Nicolas Cage is not one to conform to society’s standards of how a leading man should behave. Whether it’s his eccentric movie choices or his romantic ups and downs, he doesn’t listen to anyone’s rules but his own, and even then, he deviates. Is there a method to his madness, or does he simply act on instinct every time?
Nicolas Cage has had a love life that can only be described as… tumultuous. For any ordinary person, one, two, or even three marriages would be adequate — if not excessive — but Nicolas Cage has five matrimonies under his belt. At 57 years of age, you may expect him to have grown children, with parenting struggles well in the rearview mirror, but perhaps surprisingly, he’s only just now awaiting the birth of his third child.
Though many onlookers would feel apprehensive about going through these milestones as they’re preparing for their 60s, Nicolas Cage’s perspective is refreshing, illuminating and brimming with hope.
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Though it remains to be seen how his marital partnership with Riko Shibata pans out, Cage hasn’t had the best track record in this department. His first marriage had been his longest at 12 years, whereas his shortest lasted a mere four days. That being said, just because you’re constantly failing and floundering doesn’t mean there’s something inherent wrong with you; it likely means you just haven’t found the right person. On the other hand, it may be a signal that either you or your partner aren’t putting in the work that’s required to sustain a marriage. In Cage’s case, it’s a combination of both, with an emphasis on the former.
In 1995, Cage married actress Patricia Arquette after spending years together. However, as rumors had it at the time, she presented him with a list of demands that he would have to fulfill to earn the right to propose. He promptly went through the list, and they tied the knot on top of a cliff in Carmel, California, with only a police chief as their witness.
The first few years of their marriage saw the couple relatively content, but over time, they started realizing their differences. “There were times when we weren’t living together because we were fighting,” said Patricia Arquette in 2015. “There were times when my mom was dying, and I was living with her, taking care of her. There were times when he was away working on a movie.” Due to these challenges, they filed for divorce in 2000, citing irreconcilable differences.
His second wife was Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis. They wed in August 2002, and by November, they filed for divorce. Speaking about the short-lived union, the Adaptation actor said he was motivated by a “sense, a logic” to get together with her, seeing how they both came from famous showbiz families with similar lifestyles. Though their similarities allowed them to connect with each other, it also ended up shattering their rapport. “Oftentimes when you have two people who are very strong and their own personalities, and rather intense, sometimes you can have a hard time meshing,” Nicolas Cage said in 2003.