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Russell Simmons Supports Daughter's Controversial Romance With Older Man

Russell respects Aoki's choices and offers advice and love.

Russell Simmons has expressed his support for his daughter Aoki Lee Simmons amidst the controversy surrounding her relationship with 65-year-old restaurateur Vittori Assaf. The 21-year-old model was recently photographed engaging in PDA with Assaf, sparking discussions about their significant age gap.

In response to the situation, Russell, Aoki's father, stated that he respects her choices and will offer his advice and unconditional love. He emphasized that he does not intend to interfere or dictate her decisions.

Over the weekend, Russell subtly showed his support for Aoki through an Instagram post commemorating Father's Day. Despite the public scrutiny, he expressed his love for his daughter and reminisced about a past Father's Day celebration.

Aoki's mother, Kimora Lee Simmons, has not publicly commented on the relationship. However, she shared a cryptic Instagram Story video hinting at her feelings of frustration.

Kimora and Russell, who were previously married, had an 18-year age gap between them. This personal experience may influence Kimora's perspective on Aoki's relationship with Assaf.

Despite the attention from the media and fans, Aoki appeared composed as she attended a gala at Columbia Law School. She disabled comments on her Instagram posts following the publication of photos from her vacation with Assaf.

Before the exclusive shots of their trip were released, Aoki shared an Instagram Live video featuring Assaf. The footage captured a moment of intimacy between the two, with Aoki asking Assaf about his favorite part of their getaway.

As the situation continues to unfold, Aoki and her family navigate the public scrutiny surrounding her relationship with Assaf. Russell's supportive stance and Aoki's composed demeanor reflect their commitment to handling the situation with grace and understanding.

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