Billie Eilish’s New Romance Is Causing *Quite* the Controversy

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ICYMI, Billie Eilish seems to be dating someone new after her split with Matthew Tyler Vorce this past May, and just in time for (corny joke incoming in 3, 2, 1...) sweater weather, no less. Yes, the famous songstress is reportedly dating The Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford after being spotted out holding hands and kissing, so of course inquiring minds (hi, me) want to know absolutely everything there is to know about him. Let's get into it, shall we?

First things first: Jesse's a fellow musician

He's got a lot going on in the music world. I mean, he's the lead singer of The Neighbourhood, aka the rock band famously behind the mega-hit “Sweater Weather.” And if you *don't* happen to remember the moody rock banger that continuously played on the radio for, like, all of 2013, let me remind you:

Interestingly enough, the band has been on a hiatus since February of this year, per Variety. At the time, the publication cited “multiple sources” who said the band would continue to cancel their upcoming live shows, just as Jesse began teasing solo material on TikTok.

The move isn't the most shocking though, since in 2017 Jesse released his first debut album titled &. Just two years later, he officially began releasing music under the name “Jesse” and even announced his second solo album GARAGEB&, per Genius. At the time, the celeb was also featured on Benny Blanco’s Friends Keep Secrets album alongside fellow artists like Halsey and Khalid, so he's been doing his own thing for awhile now.

He and Billie have been hanging out a lot recently

In late October, they were spotted enjoying dinner together at vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles and a few days later were seen kissing in front of Lal Mirch. Also, TikTok user @ghoulishjen posted a vid of Billie and Jesse heading out of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios while holding hands.

There are also pics of Billie hanging out with Jesse back in August of this year, so maybe this “new” romance isn't as new as the public thinks. In-ter-est-ing!

Jesse is also an actor

He was born in Newbury Park, California, and being close to Hollywood made it that much easier for him to take advantage of entertainment opportunities, per All Music. Case in point? Jesse was already booking roles in movies by the age of 10 (!!).

After landing a few commercials and television gigs, Jesse managed to book a supporting role in the 2002 film Life or Something Like It alongside *the* Angelina Jolie. He was also cast in the movie Ted Bundy and appeared on an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, per his IMDb.

He previously dated Devon Lee Carlson

Jesse and Devon dated for six years before breakup rumors circulated in November 2021 after Devon removed “Jesse’s girlfriend” from her TikTok bio and deleted multiple Instagram posts with him.

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Interestingly enough, the split was never actually publicly addressed by either one of them until Devon made a recent Call Her Daddy appearance. During the episode, she mentioned she had been in a public relationship for “a very long time,” without naming Jesse explicitly. “We had the most mutual breakup ever,” she said of the decision.

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Billie is “really happy” about the 'ship

In a recent video for Vanity Fair, Billie finally went on the record about her romance with Jesse. “It's really cool and I'm really excited and I'm really happy about it,” she said before adding, “I managed to get...my life to a point where I not only was known by a person that I thought was the hottest f*cking f*cker alive, but pulled his ass! Are you kidding me? Can we just [get a] round of applause for me?”

Later on in the interview, the singer mused about her love language (physical touch, in case you were wondering!) and added that it's important to her that she's trusted in her relationships, and, moreover, that she wants, “Love and attention. Equal admiration is really important. I just am really inspired by this person, and he's inspired by me. It's really cool.”

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Fans are kiiiind of concerned about Billie and Jesse's age gap

After the TikTok video of Billie and Jesse at Horror Nights went viral on the app, fans became divided over the pairing, considering the “Bad Guy” singer is 20 years old and the Neighbourhood frontman is a full decade older at 31.

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Not long after the video was posted, a December 2017 photo from a fan account resurfaced, seemingly showing a then-26-year-old Jesse hanging out with Billie when she was only 15 years old, suggesting the two have known each other since Billie was a minor.

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The new intel prompted many to have some, erm, choice of words for Jesse:

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