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Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is one of the biggest music sensations of this generation and often holds the attention of the public eye for her fashion style and political activism. Eilish is trending again now for a new reason – she’s recently begun being spotted with what seems to be a new boyfriend. Read on below to find out who Billie Eilish’s new relationship is, and why some people are upset about it.
Who is Eilish’s new relationship?
Billie Eilish’s new relationship is with Jesse Rutherford, lead singer of the alternative rock band The Neighborhood. The two were seen together on October 14, holding hands while they left a Halloween attraction. The two were photographed kissing in public later that week, but neither has yet confirmed that they’re in an official relationship.
When did Eilish and Rutherford meet?
It’s not obvious exactly when Eilish and Rutherford first met, but the pair were first photographed together at a party in 2017. There was no speculation at the time that the two were in a relationship, and no other pictures or evidence seem to suggest that they knew each other more than having met once.
Why are fans upset about this?
Eilish is a young singer, at just 20 years old, and was born in 2001. This means she was only 15 or 16 years old when she was first photographed with him. This has caused some raised eyebrows and concern among fans, some of which have spread speculations that the two had a romantic relationship while Eilish was a minor.
Were Eilish and Rutherford together before now?
While the eleven-year age gap between Eilish and Rutherford seems unusual, she’s of age now, so it’s legal and not unheard of. For example, pop legend Britney Spears is married to a man 12 years her junior, NBA player Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union are married with an age gap of 10 years, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio has somewhat of a reputation for dating women up to 20 years younger than him.
What would be concerning from a legal and ethical perspective is if Eilish and Rutherford had any sort of romantic relationship when she was a minor, but nothing seems to indicate that they did. Eilish has been in two different public relationships since that initial photograph in 2017, including a year-long relationship with actor Matthew Tyler Vorce, whom she reportedly broke up with in May 2021.
New music from Billie Eilish
Controversial relationships aside, Eilish’s music career has taken off over the last few years, making her arguably one of the most iconic artists of this generation. Eilish is currently the 23rd most listened-to artist on the popular streaming platform Spotify.
Billie released her most recent album, Happier Than Ever, in July 2021. Since then, fans have been eagerly wondering when she’ll release her third studio album. In July of this year, Eilish said that she was working on new music and hoping to release an album within the next year, but nothing has been officially confirmed as of now.