Bebe Rexha made it clear that she isn't here for double standards when it comes to men and women ageing, calling out a male music executive who said she was "getting too old" to be sexy.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the "In the Name of Love" singer posted a picture of herself alongside a lengthy caption, claiming that a man in the music industry had called her brand "confusing" because she posts sexy pictures online.
Rexha added that she was "fed up with being put in a box" and "tired of women getting labelled as 'hags' when they get old" in comparison to men, who "get labelled as sexy with age".
"I'm gonna celebrate my age," Rexha concluded. "I'm wiser, I'm stronger and TRUST ME I'm a much better lover than I was 10 years ago."
Posting the picture to Twitter, Rexha added: "Picture dedicated to the music executive who said I am too old to be sexy."
The candid post was met with praise online, clocking up almost 2 million likes on Instagram and drawing comments from stars such as Taylor Swift and Rita Ora.
You can read Rexha's full statement below:
I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was "confusing." Because... I'm a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that's not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I'm 29. I'm fed up with being put in a box. 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. Anyways, I'm turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I'm not running away from it. I'm not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound "younger." 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.
Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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