Rikuo Shibata and Nicolas Cage are expecting their first child together. Photos/Getty Images
Nicolas Cage is set to be a father for the third time.
The ‘Pig’ star and wife Riko Shibata are believed to be expecting their first child together, which will see Nicholas become a father for the third time after previously welcoming sons Kal-El, 16, and Weston, 31.
A representative of the couple confirmed the news to People magazine, adding, “Future parents are thrilled!”
Nicholas, 57, tied the knot with Rico during a “very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas” on February 16 last year.
“That’s right, and we’re very happy,” the movie icon later said.
According to the Nevada marriage certificate, Rico took the surname Nicholas, and the document also stated that the couple had applied for their wedding license on January 10.
Meanwhile, Nicholas recently said he first realized he had “a lot in common” with Rico when they were discussing their shared love of animals.
Rico told Nicholas that she had two pet gliders—also known as flying squirrels—and the National Treasure representative knew there would be sparks between them.
He explained, “We met in Japan and I thought she was amazing when I met her. We had a lot in common. She loves animals too, so I asked her, ‘Do you have any pets?'” ‘ And she said, ‘Yes, I have flying squirrels.’ She had two sugar gliders…I thought, ‘That’s it. This could work.”
Nicholas and Rico were first seen together in February 2020, and the actor confirmed in August of that year that he was engaged.
He said at the time, “I left New York and went back to Kyoto, Japan, and I went back to Nevada, and I haven’t seen her in six months.
“We’re really happy together and we’re really excited about spending this time together, so I finally said ‘Look, I want to marry you’ and we engaged to FaceTime.
“I got her a black diamond engagement ring. Her favorite color is black, so she wanted black gold, and black diamonds. I customized and personalized it and actually sent it to her FedEx.”
Their marriage is the first for Rico but the fifth for Nicholas, who has previously been married to Patricia Arquette, Lisa Marie Presley, Alice Kim and Erica Koike.