- Billie Eilish, 20, was photographed kissing Jesse Rutherford, 31, on Oct. 18, 2022.
- Jesse Rutherford is the vocalist for The Neighbourhood, whose most-known song is ‘Sweater Weather.’
- Billie was previously romantically linked to Matthew Tyler Vorce and Brandon Quention Adams.
Whoever made Billie Eilish “hate this city” (as she sang in “Happier Than Ever”), she clearly was loving her new “neighborhood” on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Billie, 20, was spotted kissing Jesse Rutherford of rock band The Neighbourhood after the two enjoyed dinner at La Mirch in Studio City, California. As they made their way to the street, Billie pressed her hands to Jesse’s face, enjoying an intimate moment with the 31-year-old rocker. The PDA comes after rumors of a possible romance between Billie and Jesse made their way online and they eventually made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2022 LACMA Art+Film Gala in early Nov. 2022.
Although she didn’t name him, Billie broke her silence on her relationship with Jesse in a video interview with Vanity Fair at the end of Nov. 2022. “It’s really cool and I’m really excited and I’m really happy about it,” she said after confirming she was in a romance. “I managed to get my life to a point where I not only was known by a person that I thought was the hottest f*cking f*cker alive, but pulled his ass!”
Here’s what we know about Billie’s new beau — and her prior romantic entanglements.
Jesse James Rutherford was born on Aug. 21, 1991. He’s the lead vocalist of The Neighbourhood. Though the band employs the British spelling of the name, Jesse hails from Newbury Park, California. After starting out with a 2011 mixtape that mixed elements of hip-hop, R&B, rock, and pop, he connected with like-minded musicians to create the genre-defying group, The Neighbourhood. The band’s biggest hit was “Sweater Weather,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in June 2013.
“I feel like that’s just what we are all addicted to now, and we don’t know what we’re doing with the information,” he told Complex when discussing the band’s 2020 album, Chip Chrome & the Mono-Tones. “All we’re doing as a society now is pulling the curtain back, looking at all the gross bullshit behind it, and then staring at it and not knowing how to move forward from it, you know what I mean?”
In addition to music, Jesse has a few acting roles under his belt, including 2002’s Bundy. Jesse revealed that he started television acting “by the time I was 5” and continued until he was 13 years old. “So that’s the world that I come from,” he told Complex. “I’ve been programmed to be an actor. So when I figured out I wanted to be a rock star or a musician, I was learning that role. This was me breaking down my own psyche for this and stepping away from myself and being like, ‘Okay, you have this job. You get to do this. So rock star, what would you do if you were to be playing a rock star? You get to be this alternative rock guy. Just be a rock star. What do you think that would be?'”
“And I mean, Ziggy [Stardust] is a huge reference for making yourself into what you want to be, into a rock star, so that’s where that comes into play a lot. The acting part of it really helped me to be like, “Oh, I could build a character. I think I could do that.”
Jesse was previously romantically linked to singer-songwriter Anabel Englund. In 2015, he began dating Devon Lee Carlson, and GQ named them “2019’s Most 2019 Couple.” The couple split in November 2021 after six years together.
Matthew Tyler Vorce
Billie was previously involved with Matthew Tyler Vorce. The couple sparked romance rumors when she was first spotted with him at Disneyland in June 2021 and then when they got cozy at Doja Cat‘s star-studded 26th birthday bash on Oct. 21.
While Billie hasn’t spoken publicly about Matthew, she alluded to being in a relationship in May 2021. When the singer graced the cover of British Vogue, she also answered questions from famous fans in a video segment, including Justin Bieber, Tim Burton, and Dominic Fike. When the latter asked about the last time she did something for the first time, Billie said, “Yikes. The answer is really explicit, so I’m not going to answer with that. I went on a date for the first time yesterday, so there you go.”
Matthew’s Instagram bio listed, as of Oct. 2022, that he’s an “Actor.Writer.Degenerate,” and also that he’s located in Los Angeles. According to IMDB, the yet-to-breakthrough actor has a few credits to his name, including the TV movie Mother May I Sleep With Danger?, the short It Wasn’t Me, the TV series Return Home, and more. Matthew is also one of the creators of the horror podcast series Searching For Putty Man, and, judging from his various behind-the-scenes Instagram posts, he’s a horror fiend, appearing in multiple projects with a horror theme.
Matthew, unfortunately, came under fire when social media users accused the actor of allegedly writing homophobic and racist posts on Twitter and Facebook in the past, causing him to take to social media to issue an apology. “I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past. The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are,” he wrote in an Instagram story in June, per Page Six. “Whether it was a lyric, a quote, or just me being dumb, it does not matter.” He went on, “I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context. It is not how I was raised and it is not what I stand for.”
Matthew continued by saying that he “shouldn’t have used this language in the first place” and again apologized for any “hurt” he caused. “I take full responsibility and continue to hold myself accountable for my actions,” he concluded.
Some speculation apparently arose about Matthew making an off-camera appearance in Billie’s documentary, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. Per Cosmopolitan, Billie gets a phone call after making a sweet at the 2020 Grammys and tells the camera it’s her “first love.” It’s not confirmed if the person on the phone was indeed Matthew, but if it was, the couple’s beginnings go back a bit farther than previously thought.
“I’ve had relationships and kept them private, and even the ones that I’ve had — with the tiny amount that I’ve let the world see — I regret,” Billie told Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast in 2020. “I think about the people that have made their relationships public, and then they break up, and it’s like, ‘What if it goes bad?'”
The relationship ended amid a swirl of cheating rumors. “Nobody cheated on anyone,” Matthew posted to his Instagram Story on May 30. “Relationships end. Simple as that. Creating rumors and LYING on the internet is dangerous.”
Matthew also referenced the infidelity allegations in an earlier IG Story. Using a MEN poster as a background image, the actor blasted his haters and the impact of parasocial relationships between a famous personality and their fans. “The fact that thousands of people take time out of their day to write the most heinous things one someone they will never knows(sic) posts is the most cowardly thing you can possibly do,” wrote Matthew, clearly upset at all the hate flooding his comments sections. “Live your own life.”
Brandon Quention Adams
Before Matthew, Billie was romantically involved with a rapper she called “Q” in her documentary. “Q” is rapper 7:AMP, born Brandon Quention Adams, and he and Billie dated somewhere back around 2019, although the exact timeline of their relationship is not exactly clear. Brandon is also known as “Que,” “seven,” or “Q.” Born on June 4, 1996, 7:AMP/Q hails from Los Angeles. He first broke onto the scene in 2019 with his album BLEAUPRO, released by Eaze Music Group.
Billie hasn’t spoken a lot about her love life, and when she has, it hasn’t been that positive. “My past boyfriends never made me feel desired,” she said in a 2020 interview with GQ. “None of them. And it’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody.”
Billie and “Q,” aka 7:AMP, didn’t record any music together; however, Billie can be seen on the cover of BLEAUPRO. Billie Eilish fan accounts also shared images related to BLEAUPRO. One of the photos shows Billie tugging on 7:AMP’s necklaces as if to choke him while giving a cold stare to the camera. Another photo shows her using his hands to strangle him. A third photo is less violent, with 7:AMP resting his leg over Billie as she bends backward on her hands and feet.
Brandon was also part of one of the biggest moments of her life: her star-making appearance at Coachella in 2019, joining her in the trailer while she sings “Xanny” to him. After the Coachella performance, however, he was taken to the emergency room for a broken hand after punching a wall. “I’m trying to get him to go to therapy. He’s so self-destructive,” Billie says in the documentary. After passing her driving test, Billie wants to drive to see her boyfriend, but her dad refuses to let her go. She and 7:AMP ultimately have another phone call. Billie tells her boyfriend she misses him, and he responds with, “Let me call you when I’m done driving, babe.” Billie says she loves him and asks him to call her later. However, this appears to be the end of their relationship.
“I just wasn’t happy,” Billie says in the documentary. “And I didn’t want the same things he wanted, and I don’t think that’s fair for him. I don’t think you should be in a relationship super excited about certain things the other person couldn’t care less about. I don’t think that’s fair to you. I didn’t that was fair to him. And there was just a lack of… um, effort, I think? I literally was just like, ‘Dude, you don’t even have enough love to love yourself. You can’t love me, dude.’ And you don’t. Like, you think you do. I do love him, though, which is what made it harder.”
“I’m not over him,” Billie says in The World’s A Little Blurry. “I didn’t find someone else. I didn’t, like, stop having love for him. I just, like, spent time away from him for a little bit, and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m missing so much, because I’m like worried about you all the time, and I don’t want what you want. And you don’t want what I want.’ I don’t wanna fix him. I can’t fix him. I’ve tried.”