Nicolas Cage says he knew his relationship with wife Riko Shibata 'could work' after discovering she keeps flying squirrels

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The Actor Nicolas Cage said that he knew he could have a successful relationship with his wife, Riko Shibata, after discovering her love for unusual animals - specifically, flying squirrels.

"We met in Japan and I thought she was stunning when I met her. We had a lot in common," Cage told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new film, "Pig."

"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 could work out.''"

A representative for Cage told People magazine that Cage and Shibata tied the knot earlier this year in a "very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas." The "Pig" premiere is the first time the couple has been seen together in public since.

"I'm quite excited to take a picture with her," Cage told ET on the red carpet.

Nicolas Cage sits on the porch sharing a meal with his beloved pet pig in a still from the upcoming thriller
Nicolas Cage in "Pig." Neon

Shibata is Cage's fifth wife. The "National Treasure" star was previously married to the actress Patricia Arquette between 1995 and 2001, and then Lisa Marie Presley - the daughter of Elvis Presley - from 2002 to 2004.

Earlier this year, Cage told Marc Coppola on his Q104.3 radio show that he and Shibata got engaged on a video call because they were separated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"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 said on the show.

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"We're really happy together, and we're really excited to spend that time together, so I finally just said, 'Look, I wanna marry you,' and we got engaged on FaceTime."

Cage sent Shibata a black diamond engagement ring.

Earlier this week, Cage revealed that plans for him to play the infamous zookeeper Joe Exotic in an Amazon TV drama based on the popular Netflix docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" have been shelved.

"I read two excellent scripts, which I did think were excellent, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become past tense because it took so long for it come together," Cage told Variety. "They felt at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it's no longer relevant."

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