5 JANUARY 2009 Shall We Dance actor Richard Gere famously bowled Shilpa Shetty over with a Hollywood embrace when the stars teamed up for an Indian charity and the two became firm friends.
And this week, while holidaying with a group of friends and relatives on the Caribbean island of St Barths, the Hollywood heavyweight was once again showing his affectionate side.
As the adults supervised a beachside digging session he was pictured giving a warm hug to a one of the party.
While other men reserve displays of emotion for the odd occasion, Richard, a committed Buddhist since the mid-Eighties, is so in touch with his feelings he once declared: "Bravery is about a willingness to show emotional need".
His passion for the religion is shared by his actress wife Carey Lowell, who accompanied him on the vacation along with their son Homer. Earlier in the week, the couple were seen strolling the resort together and snapping pictures of the eight-year-old as he played in the sand.