Dennis Quaid, 65, defends engagement to 26-year-old fiancée Laura Savoie

Quaid and Savoie got engaged in October. "I’ve been married three times and this is the final one, I know it is," the actor said.
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Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie pose during an event in October in Honolulu, Hawaii. They were in Hawaii when they got engaged.Marco Garcia / Getty Images

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By Alyssa Newcomb

Dennis Quaid isn't letting anyone's comments about the nearly 40-year age gap between him and his fiancée get to him. In fact, the actor said the attention they've received over it "was really a laugh."

Quaid, 65, announced his engagement to Ph.D. student Laura Savoie, 26, in October.

Quaid and Savoie attend an event earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Terry Wyatt / Getty Images

“I didn’t go out looking for an age gap or someone really younger than me," the "Parent Trap" actor told The Guardian. "I met her at a business event and then the relationship developed. You have no control over who you fall in love with. I don’t fall in love easy. But I can’t let what a few people think control all that."

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He added that he thinks the attention their relationship has gotten has been "wonderful, actually."

"Everyone comes from the perspective of their own life and so I can't comment on the way they feel; I can't even get angry," Quaid told the publication.

Quaid's first marriage was to actress P.J. Soles. The couple divorced in 1983. Years later he married Meg Ryan, with whom he has a son, Jack. At 27 years old, Jack is a few months older than his soon-to-be stepmother. Last year, Quaid called his marriage to Ryan the "most successful relationship of my life."

Quaid's third marriage was to Kimberly Buffington, with whom he shares 11-year-old twins Thomas and Zoe.

"I’ve been married three times and this is the final one, I know it is," Quaid said. "I feel like I have a real partner in life.”