Billie Eilish‘s fans are not excited about her new beau, but new reports suggest she’s nonchalant when it comes to the backlash – and so is her family.
The 20-year-old songstress confirmed her romance with 31-year-old Jesse Rutherford yesterday, burying a photo of the two of them together on the last slide of an Instagram post and the couple have been on the receiving end of a cacophony of backlash that has only grown, largely due to what they’re wearing in the photo.
“Life is craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy🤡 happy halloween🎃🥰,” Eilish wrote alongside the post, which included a photo of herself dressed up as a baby next to Rutherford dressed as an old man for Halloween.
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”Last slide is interesting babe…,” one fan wrote under the post.
Another fan commented on the costumes making light of the controversial 11-year age gap, writing: “Girl wisen up, this isn’t a joke. Why isn’t he with someone his own age? Just think about it. It’s weird, not quirky.”
“*writes a song about age and power dynamics* *makes fun of it with a halloween costume*,” another fan wrote, seemingly in reference to her hit Your Power, which Eilish has previously said is an “open letter” to those that “abuse power dynamics”.
“Lets not pass over the fact she’s dressed as a baby and Jesse as an old man. Jokes about paedophilia arent funny,” another fan wrote.
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Eilish and Rutherford have been linked romantically since early October, after they were seen holding hands at Halloween Horror Nights. Days later in Los Angeles, they were photographed kissing at popular restaurant Lal Mirch.
Per TMZ, the couple – with many taking Eilish’s Instagram post and their matching costumes as confirmation they’re together – have reportedly known each other since Eilish was either 15 or 16 years old.
As rumours of their romance swirled, so did criticism over their age gap – and their matching Halloween costumes, which they wore to a Halloween party with their friends, appear to be poking fun at the backlash.
Eilish, in the photos that were released ahead of her Instagram post, can be seen wearing a bonnet, bib and diaper, with baby doll-esque makeup. Rutherford, meanwhile, wore prosthetics to make him look elderly.
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Many labelled the costumes as “nasty” and “weird”, with one fan writing on Twitter earlier this week: “Something doesn’t sit right with me knowing that Billie Eilish dressed up as a baby and Jesse Tutherford dressed up as an old man.”
Despite the backlash, recent reports suggest Eilish and Rutherford “really don’t care at all” about what people are saying about their age gap.
A source who claimed to be close to the couple told HollywoodLife the costumes were both Eilish and Rutherford’s idea, as they ”thought it was hilarious and so perfect.”
“Their friends thought it was very in line with their sarcastic sense of humour,” the insider said. “They know what people are saying about their age difference and they really don’t care at all.”
The insider also said the 11-year age gap is “nothing” to the couple as they are both “on the same plane emotionally and spiritually.”
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Billie Eilish’s family approves of the controversial relationship
Another source claimed to HollywoodLife that Eilish’s parents approve of the relationship, and believe Rutherford is a “total gentleman”.
”They believe that they complement each other well. They trust him and he is sincere and only wants to make sure she is happy,” the source said.
The source added: “She has introduced him to her parents, and they think he is a total gentleman.”
Eilish’s older brother Finneas O’Connell, 25, also reportedly approves of her relationship, with the insider telling the outlet that he “really loves seeing his sister so happy and giddy.”
“Billie has gone through such amazing changes and growth in the past few years, and she is ready to be with a man who is on her same level,” they added. “She says that Jesse is the perfect guy for her.”
The insider also said that the couple’s chemistry is “electrifying” and “everyone around them can see [it]” and that Rutherford treats Eilish with “so much respect and admiration”.
Prior to her relationship with Rutherford, Eilish dated 31-year-old Matthew Tyler Vorce and 26-year-old rapper Q, also known as 7:AMP.
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