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Leonardo DiCaprio's Girlfriend Defends Age Gap Between the Two

By Zachary Holt

Throughout Hollywood, there have been countless relationships between people of vastly different ages. Some that immediately come to mind are Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, or Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart. Another noteworthy relationship is that of Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone. Noteworthy in the sense that Morrone has felt the need to defend herself and the 23 year age gap between her and Dicaprio. The model turned independent movie actress opened up about her relationship.

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Despite the prevalence of similar types of relationships, Morrone still understands the fascination that people have towards her relationship with DiCaprio. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Morrone opened up on the recent attention that the couple has been getting. She shared, "There’s so many relationships in Hollywood — and in the history of the world — where people have large age gaps. I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date." Morrone doesn't seem to mind the attention, but she's hoping that her acting career will help define her identity, not who she dates.

Mickey and the Bear

Mickey and the Bear

After having worked as a model, Morrone was able to get her break, staring in the independent film, Mickey and the Bear, which is about a high school senior that has been given the responsibility of taking care of her single father, who happens to have PTSD from serving in the military. The film is generating a ton of buzz and has been likened to the breakout role that Jennifer Lawrence had in 2010's Winter's Bone. Morrone commented on her hopes that the film will help to solidify her identity, rather than her relationship with DiCaprio. She shared, "I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I’m slowly getting an identity outside of that. Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you’re dating. ... I understand the association, but I’m confident that will continue to slip away and be less of a conversation."

Other Celebrities Defend Age Gap

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There have been countless other celebrities that have had to defend their own respective age gaps in relationships. Most recently, as of October, Dennis Quaid, 65, was questioned about his decision to get engaged to Laura Savoie, 26, stating in The Guardian, "I didn’t go out looking for an age gap or someone really younger than me. I met her at a business event and then the relationship developed. You have no control over who you fall in love with. I don’t fall in love easy. But I can’t let what a few people think control all that."

A Career in the Film Industry

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At the end of the day, the only people that the age difference should matter to are those in the relationship. Both Leo and Camila seem happy together and that's the most important thing. And with Morrone's new acting career seeming to pick up steam, it's likely that the recent attention to the difference in age between her and DiCaprio will all but be forgotten in the near future, until another couple walks into the spotlight with similar age discrepancies.

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