According to some highly reputable sources, couple-of-the-moment Michelle Rodriguez and Cara Delevingne are no longer swapping spit publicly. Apparently the age difference (Delevingne is 21 and Rodriguez is 35) is the reason for the split, which isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. It is, however, unacceptable that tabloids had to insult both women in their characterization of the split–Delevingne became a fickle infant who couldn’t be tamed while Rodriguez was painted as the boring hag who couldn’t keep up with her younger partner.

In perhaps the most patronizing load of bullshit I’ve heard in a while, Celebrity Dirty Laundry posted the following treatise on their age difference last week:

Cara’s obviously still very young, and although the age gap between her and Michelle doesn’t play any role now, it might end up being an issue in the future. Not because of their differences in age, but rather their views on relationships and commitment…Cara’s definitely somewhat of a loose cannon, and she’s notorious for partying and hooking up with people. How long can someone so young and care-free stay in a committed relationship? Eventually, she won’t want to be tied down anymore, and when that time comes, we can only hope that Michelle doesn’t get her heart broken.

Our original source, one Enstarz.com, also seems to agree that it was Delevingne’s carefree lifestyle and Rodriguez’s boring old age that ended the two (did they forget about Rodriguez’s recent foray into naked yoga?). Obviously, both of these sites are close personal friends of the couple, and are qualified to speak on the matter. And they’re certainly right to point out that there are zero 21-year-olds on the planet capable of commitment, and zero 35-year-olds who aren’t looking to settle down. That’s just science.

Sure, age differences can be a cause of strain in relationships if they go along with vastly disparate places in life, and you’d be hard pressed to find a 35-year-old and a 21-year-old with the compatible levels of life experience. It seems like a fairly amicable reason to split up, in fact. You might like each other quite a bit and have a strong attraction, but different levels of experience can’t be helped. It’s not anybody’s fault–it’s just the way that it is.

If these sources are to be trusted, I’ll admit that I feel a twinge of disappointment over these two parting ways. I liked them together–they seemed like raucous ladies I’d want to hang out with and they always seemed obviously happy around each other. Oh, well.

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