At this year’s Academy Awards, Amy Schumer put it best. The host of the ceremony pulled a cap off Leonardo DiCaprio and his then 24-year-old girlfriend Camila Morrone, who were seated in the audience.
Schumer said of the 45-year-old actor, “He has done so much to fight climate change and leave his friends a cleaner, greener planet.”
The constant joke, of course, is that while Leonardo DiCaprio ages according to the normal laws of nature, his seemingly interchangeable lineup of girlfriends remains resolutely on the tender side of 25.
Noting that Morrone turned 25 in June, a media outlet noted that his girlfriend of five years may have “aged”.
Well, it could well be that the couple parted on much more functional, sane terms, citing the old Hollywood stand-by, irreconcilable differences.
But the string of ex-boyfriends – Bar Rafaeli, who split from Leo at 25; Blake Lively at 23; Erin Heatherton, 22, Kelly Rohrbach, 25, Nina Agdal, 25 – certainly appeal to a certain “type”.
He’s far from the only famous guy in town with a gorgeous girlfriend who’s decades younger than him. Britney Theriot, the girlfriend of 57-year-old Russell Crowe, is 31 years old. Sean Penn is currently dating Leila George, 32 years his junior, while Dennis Quaid has been with his wife Laura Savoie for almost 40 years.
Now more strength for her creaky elbows and all, but am I the only person doing an eye roll when Hollywood’s men play so predictably to type?
And when Hollywood’s men aren’t dating much younger women, it becomes “a thing.” When Keanu Reeves was photographed with his girlfriend Alexandra Grant, who had gray hair and matched her age (now 48),
Reeves was showered with congratulations and back claps as if he deserved credit for dating a woman his own age. The thing is, he’s still nine years older than her.
I get it. In the acting business, looks are everything, and staying young and relevant is part of the job description. And what better way to do that than to align with a slim, peachy young beauty.
Leading men choosing younger women at their gravitational/aesthetic peak is understandable, as is the opposite. Seeing the admiration and the sparkle in a young lover’s eyes must be quite compelling.
Also, I’m almost certain this isn’t a phenomenon limited to very rich and very famous men. 2018 the magazine scientific advances published a study on the “striving for mates” in online dating.
Researchers studied nearly 200,000 (presumably not famous) straight users and found that while male sexual desirability peaks at age 50, females peak at 18.
Another study conducted by OKCupid found that “The average 30-year-old man spends as much time messaging teenage girls as women his own age.”
But seriously, what are a man in his 50s and a woman in her early 20s even talking about? Is she teaching him on TikTok and Megan Thee Stallion? Does he tell her you have to be on Nirvana or River Phoenix?
Do these men really think a woman his age is too old to love? (The French writer Yann Moix famously said, “The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a 50-year-old woman is not extraordinary at all”). After all, young people are sociable, idealistic, refreshing in their youthful energy. Thing is, a lot of people over 25 are, too.
Women bear the brunt of public anger
Earlier this week, sexual misconduct allegations against Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler surfaced as he landed at Dublin’s 3Arena to kick off the band’s world tour on Tuesday night.
Many fans condemned the band and tour for the sequel, noting that they sought (to no avail) refunds from Ticketmaster.
It ended up being business as usual, with Butler mingling with the fans in the arena before the show.
But much online disgrace was directed at Leslie Feist, the gig’s opening act, who sought advice on the allegations against Butler ahead of the Dublin shows.
Instead, Feist took a different route, pledging to donate her merchandise sales to Women’s Aid Dublin. Many fans were upset that she hadn’t retired from the tour despite not knowing the contractual obligations of anyone on the tour.
Similarly, Butler’s wife Regine Chassagne was caught up in the fuss and was described as horribly “gaslit” for releasing a statement defending her husband after four people accused him of sexual misconduct.
It’s just very interesting, not to say odd, that so much public malaise is directed at the women surrounding these men.
Reserve your feelings of anger and frustration for the men who are at the center of such alleged mistakes, not for the women who happen to be around them.
Enough with the Meghan bashing
Another week, another massive tabloid bash by Meghan Markle for a “bombshell” interview The cut Magazine. This seemingly simple interview triggered a dissection of every utterance, resulting in gun-level bashing.
The widespread poison reserved for this woman whose only crime was seemingly marrying into the wrong family was truly horrific to behold. How she got through it all so far, I have no idea.
How awful it must be to be a well known woman in the world and not be able to ever do the right thing when she does something wrong.
https://www.independent.ie/life/why-do-leo-dicaprio-and-his-ilk-find-it-so-hard-to-love-someone-their-own-age-41951220.html Why does Leo DiCaprio and his ilk find it so hard to love someone their age?