Megan Fox responded to critics who have commented on her dating a younger man.

Megan Fox recently spoke with InStyle about the scrutiny she’s faced over her relationship with Machine Gun Kelly, 31, in which she detailed some of the scrutiny she’s faced. In May 2020, the couple met on the set of their upcoming film, Midnight in the Switchgrass, and made their relationship Instagram official the following July after she appeared in his music video “Bloody Valentine.”

Fox told the outlet that she’s received backlash because of the couple’s age gap since they went public with their relationship.

“You want to talk about patriarchy?” Fox said. “The fact that he’s four years younger than me, and people want to act like I’m dating a younger man. He’s 31, and I’m 35. Granted, he’s lived like he’s 19 his whole life, but he isn’t 19.” 

The actress continued by noting that in her opinion, the age gap wouldn’t be a big deal to her critics if it involved other male stars. “No one would blink twice if George Clooney was dating someone four years younger,” she added. “Four years? Go f— yourself.” 

“We would have been in high school together. That’s so ridiculous that women are treated that way,” Fox concluded.

Jennifer’s Body star Jennifer Garner also discussed the backlash working mothers face in her InStyle interview, revealing some of the sexist comments she’s received while out. Fox has three sons with ex Brian Austin Green, Noah Shannon, 812, Bodhi Ransom, 7, and Journey River, 412, whom she divorced last year.

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“Where are your kids?” she’s usually asked when she’s out, Fox explained, before responding with her perfect clap back, “Do you ask their dad when he’s out?”

“No,” Fox continued, “because you don’t expect a father to be with his children all of the time, but I’m supposed to be at home with my children and not be seen.” There is a second parent for them.

And the star is no stranger to having negative comments thrown at her. She has shared in the past how her mental health was negatively affected by the way she was portrayed in her early career, telling Refinery 29 that there was a “bandwagon of absolute toxicity being spewed at me for years.”

“We have to be careful with our words — they’re powerful. That’s something I wish most people would understand. We live in a culture where it’s a game to be the most hateful to get the most attention,” she continued. 

“It’s not funny. You’re speaking words over real people, who are permeable, who have hearts. Your negativity can influence them. Especially the sensitive ones,” Fox explained to the outlet. “I’ll call myself one of them. We’re the ones who are influenced by your negativity because we’re so open. I’m not closed off. Those things affect me really deeply.”

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