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Kristin Cavallari Doesn’t “Give A F*ck” About Age-Gap Critics

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Kristin Cavallari is not paying mind to the haters. On Feb. 27, the Uncommon James founder hard-launched her relationship with Mark Estes on Instagram. “He makes me happy 🤍,” she captioned the post, but the comment section was more critical than congratulatory due to Cavallari and Estes’ 13-year age gap. Cavallari isn’t too concerned, though. On March 12, she discussed the romance on her Let’s Be Honest podcast — and she had some choice words for the haters. TLDR; She doesn’t “give a f*ck.”

On the podcast, Cavallari explained that they first connected over the DMs when the Montana Boyz account wrote her a simple message: “I love you.” The former reality star has already seen Estes on TikTok and thought he was cute, so they started talking from there.

“Me dating a 24-year-old is not something that I was searching out,” Cavallari added. “I really think age is just a number.” According to her, “There are just so many factors that go into maturity other than age” — like life experiences and how you grew up.

Now that they’re together, she isn’t concerned about Estes’ age. “I don’t give a f*ck and I’m all in with this guy and I don’t actually care what anybody thinks,” she said on the podcast, per Us Weekly. Plus, according to Cavallari, her children (Camden, 11, and Jaxon, 9, and Saylor, 8) are already “big fans of his.”

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Cavallari also explained why she hard-launched the relationship when she did. “I got a call from my publicist that TMZ was going to write an article about us. … I’ve been in this business for 20 years. The media has always controlled the narrative to a large degree. And part of me was like, ‘I want to take it in my own hands,’” she explained.

As for the haters who questioned her decision to share the romance, Cavallari laughed off their concerns. “Why do I have to hide every part of my life? I am dating someone. There’s a chance it might not work out,” she said. “Not all of my ex-boyfriends worked out — hate to break it to you.”

Overall, she seemed unbothered by the prospect of the relationship potentially ending after she went public. “So f*cking what?” she said. “I’m really happy right now, and I’m enjoying him right now, and I’m actually not really thinking about in a year or five years.”

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Cavallari’s unbothered attitude tracks with previous reports. “They’re two consenting adults who like each other, so who cares?” a source close to Estes told Page Six on Feb. 28. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Kristin and Mark aren’t paying attention to the noise.”

Cavallari, 37, and Estes, 24, are both based in Nashville, but beyond that, there’s not a lot of public info about the couple yet. Estes played football at Montana Tech University and graduated in 2023.

Their age gap has prompted some criticism online. “Did y’all meet on spring break?” one account commented on her IG post. Another posted, “Oh she’s in her cougar eraaaaaa 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 🔥.” Still, the couple is reportedly “unfazed” by the critics.

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Cavallari and her ex-husband Jay Cutler filed for divorce in 2020. Since then, she’s been connected to comedian Jeff Dye and Bachelor Nation heartthrob Tyler Cameron, but hasn’t officially confirmed she was taken until Estes.

In September 2023, Cavallari spoke about her love life in an exclusive interview with Elite Daily. Though she was single at the time, she shared what she was looking for in her next relationship. “You need someone you’re compatible with in your day-to-day life for a lasting relationship, but I also want that spark, that passion, that fire,” she said.

“I will not settle. It’s probably why I’m still single,” Cavallari added at the time.

Cavallari also made it clear that she wouldn’t publicly comment on any relationship rumors until she felt it was something special. “The only way I’ve been able to handle the last few years is by not commenting on anybody [I date],” she shared. “I decided there’s just no point in saying something until I’m in a serious, committed relationship.”

Sounds like that’s what Cavallari found with Estes.

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