Can People Please Quit Age-Shaming Rumoured Beaus Priyanka-Nick And Ranbir-Alia, Already?

To quote a wise woman, 'their business is their business, and none of your business.'

At the Met Gala last year, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas showed up together, with the former dressed in a trench coat inspired by the size of Noah’s Arc. The two were dressed by Ralph Lauren, Chopra later explained to Jimmy Kimmel, when he wanted to know why they came to the Met together. The question isn’t unusual, since every celebrity pairing gets scruitinised to death. But what’s interesting is that even back then — when no photos of yacht outings and picnics had emerged — Kimmel couldn’t help but ‘joke’ about Jonas being far too young (“Isn’t he like 11 or something”) for Priyanka.

TL;DR: A 35-year-old showing up to a red carpet event with a 25-year-old raised eyebrows.

And that description counts for not just Priyanka and Nick, but the other rumoured couple B-Town can’t stop talking about, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.


Whereas Priyanka and Nick have neither denied or confirmed the stories about them dating, Ranbir Kapoor responded to rumours linking him and Alia with this: “It’s really new right now, and I don’t want to over speak. It needs time to breathe and it needs space. As an actor, as a person, Alia is — what’s the right word? — flowing right now. When I see her work, when I see her act, even in life, what she gives is something that I’m aspiring to for myself. It’s new for us, so let it cook a bit.”

But perhaps the self-indulgent dramatics of the Internet, should not have come as much of a shock as it did. Just because it is 2018, that doesn’t mean we’ve all suddenly realised that people, even celebrities, can love who they please.

The aftermath of this interview has a been a world of editorials and a whole lot of social media posts either giddily wishing the couple or expressing shock over the age difference (Ranbir is 35, Alia is 25) between them. Which bring us to the next question: Why in the world are people this invested in who *should* date whom?

To quote a wise woman, ‘their business is their business, and none of your business.’