Sure, there may be a 13-year age gap between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor Henry Cavill and his new girlfriend, Tara King, but does that give the general public the right to judge their relationship? If you ask social media users, the answer would be a resounding yes.
Cavill spoke about King in a recent interview with Elle magazine, and had nothing but amazing things to say about her.
"When I met my girlfriend, I was super intimidated. I wanted to impress her," Cavill admitted to Elle, via People magazine. "I was thinking, 'Don’t mess this up, man.'"
He also spoke on their age gap in a preemptive attempt to defend the relationship from the Internet backlash that would soon come after the interview was published.
"People say age is just a number. It’s actually [a] real and true sign of someone’s maturity," Cavill said. "But in this case, she’s fantastic."
While Cavill's words about King are loving and kind, the response to him going public with his feelings has not reciprocated those sentiments. Reactions range from a simple "ew" and "gross" to much more in-depth analyses of the situation.
"He's a gross, creep & his behaviour & actions are not something to boast about. I will not be seeing any movies he stars in & I will not be taking my nieces & nephews to BvS. I hope Superman is handed over to a more deserving actor," [sic] wrote a People commenter, while others echoed, "I always thought he was so hot. I didn't realize he was such a sleazy deucher [sic]. Bummer," and "disgusting he gets away with it because he is attractive, if it were someone else it would be creepy and pedo, but have a great body and face and people overlook that like they did with Paul Walker."
"Gross gross gross, just lost all his appeal for me," said one Just Jared reader.
So, does Cavill deserve this wicked condemnation for dating King? The age gap can't be denied, but he isn't breaking the law, the relationship is consensual and he obviously has great admiration for her. It's totally unfair for anyone who doesn't know either party personally to pass such heinous judgement on them. Whatever happened to live and let live?
"Still don't care about his own life," wrote a fan on Just Jared. "All i [sic] care is about his movies and beautiful face lol." Isn't that the approach we should all take when grading all our favorite entertainers? It seems much more reasonable to judge celebrities based on their work — and sometimes their crushworthiness — than their personal lives.
And double standards be damned, Cavill says he has been in King's shoes relationship-wise. "When I was 19, I was going out with a 32-year-old," he revealed in his interview with Elle.
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