On her birthday that is 30th August, Bebe Rexha released a new single “Not 20 Anymore” to mark the day and the end of her twenties.
The song release came with a music video that is produced by ‘The Monsters & Strangerz’. The singer won her first award at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Best Dance Video for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers for “Call You Mine”.
It was recently announced that Bebe Rexha will be opening for the Jonas Brothers for their “Happiness Begins” tour at Madison Square Garden, which itself is an amazing thing especially when it has always been a dream of the singer to perform there since she saw Lady Gaga perform eleven years back when she was 19-years-old, as shared in an interview with People magazine.
Through the single “Not 20 Anymore” Bebe Rexha shares how getting older isn’t as bad as it seems, nor is it something to be insecure about, as her lyrics are “No I’m not 20 anymore, don’t try to me feel insecure, cause I’m aging like wine, I get better with time. Yes I do”
Not a single just a treat**** https://t.co/pagegs1Dw2
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) August 12, 2019
In a post on 12th August, Bebe Rexha shared an experience she had with a male executive, who basically tried to tell her what she should and shouldn’t do based on her age.
Bebe Rexha said “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 supposed to do, especially for my age” she continued “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.” 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.
In an interview with People, Bebe Rexha shared the journey of creating the song. She acknowledged that in the beginning, she feared writing a song about turning thirty. In the interview, she said “All my life, when I ask my mom’s friends, the thing was: “Don’t ask a woman her age.” That’s what I was told all my life”.
However, she took the decision about writing the song when she was in a conversation with her friend and realized that she really wanted to talk about her fears and insecurities.
We have been socialized to learn that growing older than a certain age should change how we approach life. The limitations we are made to believe, the restrictions imposed on us because of society’s unacceptance of certain behavior or the expectations which change along with age are turning out to be nothing but barriers towards our path to self-fulfillment.
We’re glad that Bebe Rexha took the first step towards liberating at least her audience from the clutches of these notions.