So Leonardo, DiCaprio and his girlfriend Camila Morrone have split up. But just because she’s 25 and he’s 47 — and some of his previous relationships ended when his partner turned a quarter of a century — he’s been butchered and slandered on the internet.
but he did nothing wrong. The couple dated for five years: This wasn’t some “lounge lizard” situation where he played around for a few weeks and then cruelly tossed her aside. And I’m sorry, but you don’t go that long in a relationship without being in love.
He’s passed off as “Leo the Lothario,” but a quick look at his relationship resume reveals he’s usually going for the long haul.
His girlfriends wouldn’t have stayed with him for so long if something very special hadn’t happened. It’s insulting to suggest they were taken down hard by them.
Aren’t we supposed to be a modern, liberalized society where you can date whoever you want without getting torn apart?
Camila herself said in a Los Angeles Times Interview: “I just think everyone should be able to date whoever they want.” But she shouldn’t even have to spell that.
To be fair, some of the memes were amusing – and the news is grim these days, so I can see why this story started – but just as many were mocking and mean. There were tweets calling DiCaprio “super disturbing” and “a sick and gross man.” Not OK.
And from another angle, maybe Leo is the victim? Coincidentally, many of his relationships seem to falter by the time the lady is around 25 – but has anyone thought they might all leave him?
It’s pretty normal (or was in my day) to start lusting after a guy who’s a fair bit older than you are in your early twenties. Older men can be very attractive – but settling down with them?
I remember having a boyfriend when I was 21 and he was 18 years older than me. I was absolutely blown away – but when my husband (who happens to be four years younger than me) stumbled into my life a few years later, the old man was abandoned.
Who knows what really happened to Gisele Bundchen – she’s now married to Tom Brady, who at 45 is just three years older than her. Maybe she felt Leo was just too old for her?
Another of Leo’s exes – Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton – is said to be engaged to a 33-year-old guy, the same age as her.
DiCaprio dated Blake Lively for a year, and now her husband Ryan Reynolds is 45-35 — maybe Blake could create a decade gap, but no more?
Okay, I’ve always liked Leo – which may cloud my judgment – but frankly the way he’s being put into the race is terribly unfair. Maybe he’s heartbroken and now has all these nasty memes coming his way.
To me, the fact that he generally gets into long-term relationships says a lot more about him than the ages of the women he usually chooses to date.
The backlash might be understandable, especially given the vital #MeToo movement – but we should remember that every relationship has nuances.
I have a divorced banker buddy in London who is active in the love market and says he would never date a younger woman because his work colleagues would be horrified. I get his point – but I’m interested that it’s so different for women who date younger men.
Just look at Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher as an example: when they married, she had a 15-year lead over him. They split and she is now dating chef Daniel Humm, who is 14 years her junior.
Then there’s artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, about 18 years older than her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The couple has been happily married for (apparently) ages. Let’s say they broke up and she got together with another young lad, no one would dream of making the kind of memes we’ve seen on social media targeting Leo for the past few days.
Still not convinced? OK: Reverse the age gap between Brigitte Macron and Emmanuel Macron. Imagine if the French President were 25 years older than his wife – would that be okay? I do not think so. And yet Leo is open to jokes and mockery.
My personal opinion is that we should live and let live – why can’t people just date whoever they want? Why do we try to stand in the way of possible true love?
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/its-easy-to-make-jokes-about-leonardo-dicaprios-younger-lovers-but-isnt-there-a-chance-that-theyre-dumping-him-41960763.html It’s easy to joke about Leonardo DiCaprio’s younger lovers, but isn’t there a chance they’re leaving him?