Since day one, Bebe Rexha has made one thing clear: she sets her own rules. From promoting self-love to body positivity, she’s not here for negativity in any shape or form. Is it any wonder, then, that she’s taken to Instagram to call out ageism in the music industry?
“I recently had a male music executive tell me that I was getting ‘too old’ and that my brand was ‘confusing’,” Rexha began in her post. “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.”
The singer – who has worked with Cardi B, Lil’ Wayne and Florida Georgia Line among others – pointed out the toxic double standard that allows men in the public eye to age, but not women. “I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labelled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labelled as sexy with age,” she continued. Rexha, who is about to turn 30, is hellbent on embracing the ageing process. “Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it,” she wrote. “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.”