Why Are We Outraging Over the Age Gap Between Bigg Boss’ Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu?

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Why Are We Outraging Over the Age Gap Between Bigg Boss’ Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu?

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he 12th season of the human zoo called Bigg Boss has hardly begun, and it’s already served up its first WTF moment. The shocker wasn’t Salman Khan-related for once, instead, Bhaijaan had the spotlight stolen by the Bhajan Samrat, Anup Jalota. The 65-year-old crooner of devotional songs, and your grandmother’s Dean Martin, entered the House with his girlfriend, the 28-year-old Jasleen Matharu. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are yesterday’s news, with their 11-year age difference looking more like a crack than gap, compared to Jalota’s and Matharu’s 30-year plus disparity. But does the fact that Jalota probably owns whiskeys that are older than his girlfriend matter, if they are truly in love? What governs our understanding of “age-appropriate” dating?

Milind Soman turned 52 last year and posted pictures online saying, “Thank you” to his fans. He looks great as ever in the photos, especially for a 52-year-old dude, but next to him in the picture, was his much younger girlfriend. Some reports say she is 18, some say she is 23. So, the two are at least 28 years apart. That’s practically a gap of two generations in today’s world.

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