In April of 2012, her friend Benny Medina told that though Lopez understood the significant age difference in the relationship, her main concern was that she was happy.“She’s not oblivious to her own reality right now, as in, ‘Damn, I'm 42 with a 24-year-old,’ Medina said at the time. It’s actually that I just came out of a relationship [with ex husband Marc Anthony] where I felt like I was kind of not getting what I needed.’ ”Lopez told De Generes that after she dated Smart, she got labeled as a woman who goes after younger men. It’s whether or not I’m attracted to them or not, attracted to their spirit, their soul, whatever their energy is.”Clarkson, who was eight months pregnant at the time, got emotional during her performance of “Piece by Piece.” “I’m pregnant, it’s nostalgic, I can’t believe it’s the last season,” she told Ryan Seacrest afterword.In her opinion, that label—and the stigma surrounding it—should not exist."If they’re older, they’re older. “It’s just a touching song because I wrote it about my little girl when I was pregnant, and now I’m pregnant with my little boy, which I hope comes out very soon.”Poehler delivered her “Sarah Palin Rap” (in front of Sarah Palin) while she was nine months pregnant.By dating outside your age, you’re liable to find somebody with vastly different experiences and opinions than yours.
Con: The Allure of Taboo As gay men, we’ve already entered into a so-called taboo.Now, I’m not saying these are conscious reasons why dating a man quite a bit older—there have been several moments when I’ve thought that going out with someone closer to my age would be much simpler.I even tried it when my boyfriend and I took a short break, and I found it was painstakingly difficult and more complicated than my experience dating an older guy. The texting games (How long should I wait to text him back? It’s exhausting), the fear of commitment that plagues most twentysomethings, and the simple fact that most guys my age aren’t as emotionally mature as I am.Anyone who’s been in a serious long-term relationship knows the journey isn’t without certain challenges, and when you’re dating an older man—we’re talking a decade or more—things can get even trickier.I know this firsthand, as I’m 25 years old, and I’ve been dating an older guy nearly 15 years my senior for almost four years.