Bebe Rexha's message of defiance was applauded by fellow artists including Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and more.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 14, 2019

US singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha has given the perfect response to a male music executive who she claims told her, that at 29, she’s too old to be sexy.

Rexha, who has songwriting credits on Eminem and Rihanna‘s Grammy Award-winning single The Monster and has helped write songs recorded by Selena Gomez, Shinee and Nick Jonas, posted a photograph of herself on her Instagram account in a black bra and black underwear and wrote why.

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I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was “confusing.” Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29. I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labeled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age. Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it. I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound “younger.” I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.

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“I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was ‘confusing,'” Rexha wrote, without naming the individual.

“Because … I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are (supposed) to do, especially for my age. I’m 29.

“I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labelled as ‘hags’ when they get old and guys get labelled as sexy with age.”

Rexha, who is with Warner Bros. Records, finished: “Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it. I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound ‘younger.’

“I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.”

In a follow-up tweet, Rexha clarified the accompanying photo was directed toward the unnamed executive. “Picture dedicated to the music executive who said I am too old to be sexy,”

Rexha’s message was applauded by her fellow musicians.

“DRAG THEM. 29 YEARS OLD UNITE,” commented Taylor Swift, also 29.

Rita Ora wrote: “My sexy songwriting [queen] You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.”

Justin Tranter said: “The bullshit rules are finally changing and any “gatekeepers” who are stuck in old patriarchal ways are just going to lose their “gates” to fierce femme execs who allow their femme artists to be the multidimensional superheroes they are.

Jamie Lynn Spears echoed: “HELL YEAH. FN RIGHT.” Rexha also received support from Lauren Jauregui and The Chainsmokers.