Nicolas Cage got married for a fifth time, this time to 26-year-old Riko Shibata

Nicolas Cage and girlfriend Riko Shibata use hand sanitizer amid Coronavirus outbreak in NYC

In 2019-20, we heard from Nicolas Cage a few times and honestly, he didn’t sound all that terrible. He’s self-aware enough to understand that outsiders think he’s bonkers, but really he’s just a weird guy who likes to spend his money on cobras, cats, crows, quests for the Holy Grail and dinosaur bones. That flurry of interviews happened after he drunkenly and mistakenly married Erika Koike in March 2019. The marriage lasted all of four days and apparently, Cage was pretty embarrassed about it. It was kind of messy for a few months as he tried to get an annulment and was eventually successful in getting a divorce. So, that four-day marriage “counts” as his fourth marriage. And now he’s gotten married for a fifth time.

Nicolas Cage is in newlywed bliss! The actor, 57, wed Riko Shibata last month in a “very small and intimate wedding” at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

“It’s true, and we are very happy,” Cage says in a statement to PEOPLE. While news of the wedding broke on Friday, they tied the knot on Feb. 16 — a date that is very special to Cage.

“The date was chosen to honor the birthday of the groom’s late father,” Cage’s rep tells PEOPLE. “The bride wore a handmade Japanese Bridal Kimono from Kyoto that required three layers.”

Cage wore a Tom Ford Tuxedo for their special day. The bride walked down the aisle to her favorite song, “Winter Song” by Kiroro. The couple — who met in Shiga, Japan, more than a year ago — exchanged traditional Catholic and Shinto vows with poetry from Walt Whitman and Haiku sprinkled in. In photos of the ceremony obtained by PEOPLE, Cage gives his bride a passionate kiss as they are declared husband and wife with a backdrop of lush greenery and fairy lights. The couple walked out of the ceremony hand in hand before heading to a “small celebration.”

“After the wedding, the happy couple was joined for a small celebration attended by Nicolas’ ex-wife, Alice (who he remains very good friends with) and their son Kal,” his rep says. This is Cage’s fifth marriage following his public split from Erika Kookie after a four-day marriage in March 2019, which also took place in Las Vegas. He was granted a divorce two months later. The Face/Off star was previously married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, to Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004 and to Alice Kim from 2004 to 2016. In addition to Kal-El, Cage has a son, Weston, 30, from his relationship to actress Christina Fulton.

[From People]

I’m including photos of Nic with Riko Shibata about one year ago in New York. She’s very pretty! And very young-looking and trendy/fashionable. She’s apparently 26 to his 57. So… just over 30 years younger than Nicolas. Whew. I mean, it’s a good thing that this one didn’t end after four days and a Las Vegas annulment. It sounds like they’ve actually spent some time together and have been serious about each other for much of the past year. I would guess that they quarantined with each other. And his cats too, one would hope. Congrats to them.

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  1. nutella toast says:

    Story aside, all I see is Herman from The Munsters in the wedding picture. I just can’t read or see anything else.

  2. Nicole says:

    I… she looks very young. But she’s old enough to make her own decisions. So good luck to them!

  3. smee says:

    Those bangs he’s sporting on the wedding pix…..look brittle.

  4. Emm says:

    Yeah, Wow. He looks better in the candid on the street.

  5. Noki says:

    Why on Earth would you be refused an annulment if your ‘marriage’ lasted only four days?

  6. B says:

    Yikes…

  7. newmenow says:

    I am so worn out with everything, I feel I want to wish them well.
    Life as been really tough for a lot of us during C19 and having lost a beloved brother in 2019, I have decided that anyone finding happiness is a lucky person.
    Life can change in a minute, usually for the worst it seems.

    Good Luck to them. Love and happiness are in very short supply in the world, enjoy it if you find it.

    • Maria says:

      Actually, my feelings are the opposite. This pandemic has highlighted the need for healthy relationships and decent mental health in my opinion and I am less inclined to want to romanticize dysfunction as I see it.

      This young woman is 26 and can do what she wants, but Nicolas Cage is not the stablest of partners, he’s been arrested for domestic violence, and the fact that her father has passed and it clearly is something in the forefront of her mind is a good indication as to what’s going on here. Still gets the side-eye from me and I’m hoping she has a decent outside support system.

    • Maria says:

      But that being said – in other situations I would agree. And I am so sorry about the passing of your brother. <3 I hope you are ok!

  8. DS9 says:

    I mean, okay….

  9. Oh_Hey says:

    Like didn’t he do this exact thing last year and around the exact same time.
    Nic Cage is weird. This has been his main draw for the past 15 years. Acting is second and even he knows.

  10. TIffany says:

    Nic,

    Hi. How you doing? I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer or anything but maybe marriage isn’t your thing. Cause I’m seeing a pattern here that just ain’t working for ya buddy.

    Just something to think about.

    Now I am off to watch Con Air because it and you are the greatest.

    Bye now.

  11. Annaloo. says:

    Nic Cage and his messy life are a Las Vegas treasure. He should just stop marrying so much and just run for mayor. Carolyn Goodman is termed out anyway, and I think it would be a healthier relationship

  12. BW says:

    Cage reminds me of a quote from my favorite Doctor, Tom Baker, “I’m a serial marrier.”

  13. Sparky says:

    Something positive — The kimono that Riko wore is absolutely stunning. If you have a chance check out a full length view of it. Just beautiful

  14. Lemons says:

    Why can’t I be some famous aging actor’s 5th wife? Life is unfair.

    • pamspam says:

      Don’t give up. It could happen to you! Wait…isn’t that the name of one of his films? Hmm…