Who Is Nicolas Cage's Wife? All About Riko Shibata
Nicolas Cage and Riko Shibata are parents!
The couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named August Francesca, on Sept. 7, 2022. This is Cage's third child; he is already a dad to sons Kal-El, 16, and Weston, 31, from previous relationships. Shibata, 27, is a first-time mom.
The couple tied the knot on Feb. 16, 2021, in a "very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas," a rep for the actor told PEOPLE at the time.
The marriage is Cage's fifth. "I know five is a lot, but I think I got it right this time," he told the Los Angeles Times.
So who is Nicolas Cage's current wife? Here's everything to know about Riko Shibata.
She met Cage through mutual friends
Cage told Flaunt Magazine in October 2021 that he had met Shibata through mutual friends while in Shiga, Japan where he was filming his 2021 movie Prisoners of the Ghostland.
The couple were later photographed holding hands for the first time in February 2020 when they both visited Cage's nine-foot tomb in New Orleans that he purchased for himself in 2010.
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She got engaged to Cage over FaceTime
Cage revealed he had gotten engaged to Shibata on his brother Marc Coppola's radio show in August 2020.
"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," Cage told his brother. (Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola.)
"We were really happy together and we were really excited to spend that time together so I finally just said, 'Look, I wanna marry you,' and we got engaged on FaceTime," he said.
She has a unique engagement ring
The actor added he gave Shibata a black diamond ring and mailed it to Japan after proposing.
"Her favorite color is black so she wanted the black gold, and the black diamond," he said at the time. "I found it and I customized and personalized it and I actually sent it to her via FedEx."
She spent time with one of Cage's ex-wives at their wedding
The couple's ceremony was an intimate gathering but those in attendance included Cage's ex-wife Alice Kim with whom he shares 16-year-old son Kal-El Coppola. Cage and Kim have remained good friends since their divorce in 2016.
At the time of his wedding to Shibata, Cage told PEOPLE in a statement, "It's true, and we are very happy."
Shibata's name on the marriage certificate posted on the Clark County Clerk's Office was listed as Riko Cage.
The couple then posed for their first-ever magazine cover for Flaunt magazine last year.
They made their red carpet debut in 2021
The pair waited until after their wedding to walk the red carpet. Cage and Shibata made their red carpet debut in July 2021 at the premiere of Cage's film Pig.
They also walked the carpet together at the 2021 GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood.
She had two pet squirrels
Cage and Shibata bonded early over their love for pets.
"She likes 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, this could work out,' " Cage told ET.
She's visited many of Cage's most meaningful locations
After moving to the United States from Japan, Shibata has been proactive about visiting sites in the country that hold meaning for Cage.
They were spotted in New Orleans visiting the actor's pyramid tomb. Cage also took Shibata to see his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located a block away from the TCL Chinese Theatre.
She's originally from Kyoto, Japan
Shibata now lives with Cage in the United States but is originally from Kyoto, Japan, as reported by Flaunt in their cover story on the couple.
Cage resides in Vegas, where he said he planned to open a movie studio before those ambitions were thwarted by Elon Musk.
"Vegas has been good to me, it really has," Cage said on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
She has one child with Cage
After announcing their pregnancy in January 2022, the couple welcomed their first child together on Sept. 7, 2022. Named August Francesca Coppola Cage, the baby is Cage's third child and Shibata's first.
"Nicolas and Riko are happy to announce the birth of their daughter," their rep told PEOPLE following the baby's birth. "Mother and daughter are doing fine."
PEOPLE exclusively confirmed that Cage and Shibata were expecting in early 2022, with their rep saying at the time, "The parents-to-be are elated!"
In April 2022, the actor revealed that Shibata was pregnant with a girl.