Remember a few days ago when I wrote about Paul Walker‘s girlfriend being underage when they began dating? 2 days and 371 comments later, and I’m still getting lots of fun emails calling me all sorts of names, as well as plenty of comments about how you “can’t blame him” for wanting a teenage girl. There were also many, many comments stressing that you can’t stop love, how the pair just happened to fall for one another, how it was “just so right,” and several first-person stories from people who have dated older men and had it work out well.
But then, after seeing a comment on our sister site Crushable’s article on the subject, claiming that this wasn’t the “first time” Walker had dated a teenager. After doing a quick search, I found a Daily Mail article reporting that Walker may have dated another underage teen girl.
According to the Daily Mail, “model turned real estate broker” Aubrianna Atwell allegedly met and eventually dated Walker 12 years ago. Considering she is now 28, that means she was 16 at the time and he was 28-years-old. As mentioned in our original article, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, Walker’s girlfriend at the time of his death, was also 16 when they reportedly began dating.
The Daily Mail’s piece detailed Atwell and Walker’s relationship:
Atwell met Walker through friends at the Hollywood Canteen a dozen years ago. The two began dating and though the romance ended, they have been in each other’s lives ever since, chatting on the phone at least every week. Walker had promised to be with Atwell at her father’s memorial service December 8.
The pair had ‘traveled the world together,’ Atwell said, explaining she regularly accompanied him on international trips.
Maria Vultaggio over at International Business Times asked the same question we have: “What was a movie star in his thirties doing with flirting with a high school student?”
Like I said in my first post: yes, it is terrible that Paul Walker died in such an awful way. And you are welcome to email me as much hate mail as you want for bringing this up. Yes, he did pass away. Yes, that was horrible. Yes, he was a very attractive actor with millions of fans who did multiple successful movies. I’m not claiming he was a terrible person, but it is important to discuss the glorification of Hollywood celebrities and why people give them a pass.