Bebe Rexha Clapped Back at a Music Exec Who Said She's "Too Old" to Be Sexy
FYI, she's 29 years old.
When it comes to any kind of shaming, Bebe Rexha isn't afraid to call it out. The singer had no problem putting designers on blast for refusing to dress her for the Grammy's last year, and she didn't mince words when trolls ruthlessly pointed out that she'd put on a few pounds. So when a music executive told Rexha that she's "too old" to be sexy, it comes as no surprise that the singer had some ~thoughts~. (Related: Bebe Rexha Revealed She's Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder)
"I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was ‘confusing,'” Rexha wrote alongside a black and white selfie of her wearing nothing but a bra and underwear. "Because… I'm a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that's not what female songwriters are suppose [sic] to do, especially for my age. I'm 29."
"I'm fed up with being put in a box," she continued. "I make my own rules. I'm tired of women getting labeled as 'hags' when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age."
Rexha, who turns 30 at the end of August, also opened up about "not running away" from her age. (Related: Bebe Rexha Reminds Us What Real Women Look Like with an Unedited Bikini Pic)
"I'm not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound 'younger,'" she wrote. "I'm gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I'm wiser, I'm stronger and TRUST ME I'm a much better lover than I was 10 years ago."
Several celebs applauded Rexha's unapologetically honest post in the comments section: "DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE," wrote Taylor Swift. "My sexy songwriting queen, you are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules," added Rita Ora. Rexha also received support from NE-YO, Jamie Lynn Spears, Lauren Jauregui, and The Chainsmokers, among others. (Related: 22 Things Fit Women Over Age 30 Experience)
In a follow-up tweet, Rexha wrote: "There's no age that you can’t be sexy."
"I'm not scared to speak out," she added in a separate tweet. "Especially if it's my truth."
The singer also retweeted supportive responses from regular folks who related to her experience with age-shaming: "Just was speaking on the exact subject. I'm 57 since hitting middle age I really feel beautiful," read one retweet. "Love this. I just turned 49. I'm happier with myself & my body (after 5 kids) more now than when I was a too skinny 20 something. I've stopped obsessing & started embracing. Aging is a gift. Life is a gift. Love yourself," read another.
Whether you're a celebrity or a regular person, it's hard not to worry about getting older. But Rexha's post is a reminder that age really is just a number; what really matters is your perspective and the way you feel about yourself. As one of the Rexha's supporters said, aging is a gift—one that even the most vocal haters can't take away.