Billie Eilish has just made her romance with Jesse Rutherford Instagram official on Halloween. Eilish has been spotted with The Neighbourhood’s lead vocalist a few times, catching dinner and kissing in front of the paparazzi. Eilish, 20, has always kept her love life private, but yesterday (October 31), the artist shared a slideshow of her Halloween.
The “Happier Than Ever” singer captioned her post: “life is craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy. happy halloween.” In one of the slides, there is a clip of Jesse in a clown costume, making people laugh as he says, “That’s why we’re all fans anyway!” and throws a rat at them. The final slide, seemingly a photo of a camera screen, shows Billie in some kind of childish Little Bo Peep costume, while Jesse is in full old-man makeup (bald cap, grey hair, suspenders). The photo seems to be Billie and Jesse’s creepy way of telling the world that they are very aware of their 11-year-age gap, with Jesse being 31.
Fans chimed in on the comments section on Instagram about the choice of costumes writing things like, “last slide is interesting babe…” and “SO WE POSTING JESSE NOW??” One fan wrote, “that last slide is gonna haunt her in a few years when she’s older and realises that a 31 year old has no business with someone that young.” Another said, “strange costume idea.” Calling out Billie for her song and music video to “Your Power” they commented, “*writes a song about age and power dynamics* *makes fun of it with a halloween costume*” Another wrote, “lets not pass over the fact she’s dressed as a baby and jesse as an old man. jokes about paedophilia arent funny.”
One user wrote at length, “what i’m seeing are two adults knowingly making a dark joke. the thing is, with the older one being 31, you’d think he’d make the right call and say ‘hey maybe that’s too far.’ but then again, he’s 31 dating a 20 year old so he’s not gonna acknowledge the issue. billie is aware of what’s being said, but bc she’s so free spirited and bold, and also only 20, she thinks they ate. in her head it’s like a major ‘lmfao f— you’ to everyone against it. she’s happy bc she’s with an older man and he’s happy bc he’s with someone not even old enough to drink yet. there’s a clear power imbalance in terms of awareness and maturity, so even if she’s aware and thinks she’s in control, she’s still a victim and i don’t think she deserves any backlash. that all said though, a lot of billie fans are teenagers and they’re clapping back in billie’s defense bc it’s what stans do, but they’re also too young to see an issue and will blindly support their fav and THAT’S a major problem given the context of the situation.”