Bebe Rexha is on a mission for her next birthday.
As the superstar famously sings, “I’m done with the drinking, I’m done with the smoking, I’m done with the playing, I’m done with the joking”—and from the sound of it, she’s done with the gender stereotypes and ageism in Hollywood.
The star spoke up while taking aim at an unnamed male music executive and his alleged comments toward her. “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.”
The Grammy nominee continued, “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.”
In honor of her upcoming golden birthday, the star pledged to embrace her 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.”
“There’s no age that you can’t be be sexy,” she tweeted. “Im not scared to speak out. Especially if it’s my truth.”
Bleta “Bebe” Rexha is an American singer and songwriter. After signing with Warner Bros. Records in 2013, Rexha received songwriting credits on Eminem and Rihanna’s single “The Monster” and has also contributed songwriting to songs recorded by Shinee, Selena Gomez, and Nick Jonas.
Her father, Flamur Rexha, is an Albanian born in Debar, when it was part of Yugoslavia. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21, and her mother, BukurijeRexha, was born in the U.S. to an Albanian family with roots in Gostivar (which, like Debar, is now part of the Republic of Macedonia).