British artist/director Sam Taylor-Wood has been causing a media frenzy since her engagement to 19-year-old Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson has become public knowledge. The controversial couple, who are expecting a baby this summer have a 24-year-age gap, and though the two seem to have found happiness with each other, the age gap seems to be too difficult for the media to get past.
The mom-of-two has had her fair share of obstacles in life; beating cancer twice before age 35 and a divorce from husband of 11-years and father to Angelica, 13, and Jessie, 3, Jay Jopling. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Taylor-Wood opens up about the controversy behind her relationship with Johnson, and how she has found happiness again.
On telling 13-year-old Angelica about her relationship: When I first told [Angelica] about Aaron, she said, ‘Well, that’s so much better than some random fat bloke coming into our lives.’ I was like, ‘Why would I be with a random fat bloke?’ She’s excited about the baby. It’s all been remarkably cool and easy.
On the media attention the couple receive due to age difference: The amount of men I know with the same age gap that we have — how come no one says anything about that? It’s totally sexist. I try to ignore it. In my life, I’ve never really listened to when people start forming opinions on how you should be doing things.
On Johnson’s proposal: [It was] a complete surprise. He had been planning a lot longer than I had imagined. So it was incredibly romantic.
On fighting cancer when Angelica was only 8-months-old: I took on cancer like I take on everything — like a mission and a job to accomplish. I’d look at Angelica and say, ‘There’s no option here. I’ve got to fight through it.’
View the full interview on Harper’s Bazaar