‘Disturbing’ development in stars’ controversial age gap romance

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Aoki Lee Simmons’ bizarre behaviour while filming a new Instagram Live video has fans concerned.

The model, 21, went live on the app after she was seen locking lips with 65-year-old restaurateur Vittorio Assaf, whom she referred to as her “boyfriend” in the video.

“Last day in St. Barts. I’m so sad but I’m very happy,” Simmons told her followers, as seen in screen-recordings shared by several fan accounts. “When I return home, everyone who knows me will be getting a happier, more chilled out version of me.”

The youngest daughter of Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons seemed to slur her words before repeatedly asking Assaf to buy her a crepe.

“Would you like to share your favourite thing about the trip?” she asked the Serafina co-founder, who did not appear on camera but could be heard in the background.

“You … [being] with you,” he said, to which she giddily quipped, “He said me.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Aoki was heard asking her beau questions before repeatedly shushing him.

“Baby, do you want to go to Kenya?” she asked, then told him, “Shut up, never mind.”

The Harvard University graduate, who filmed the video in the back of a car, went on to reveal some of her favourite designer brands as she and her new man drove past several stores.

“I am a big Bvlgari person,” she said, mispronouncing the brand’s name. “I just want to make that very clear. You know what I also like a lot: Cartier.”

Fans were quick to express concern over Aoki’s Instagram Live video – and the nature of her new relationship – after seeing pics of the model packing on the PDA with Assaf over the weekend.

“Shes actually giving little girl energy and it’s making it extremely creepy,” one person wrote.

“This is disturbing. She’s not just young but young minded,” another added, while a third chimed in, “Everything about this video is weird and gives me the creep.”

Others were puzzled by Aoki’s peculiar behaviour, which seemed at odds with her Ivy League education.

“I was expecting a different *tone* of conversation from a Harvard scholar,” one person commented, while another added, “Getting into Harvard & doin this jus don’t make a lick of sense.”

Aoki made headlines after photos were published showing her making out with Assaf, who is more than four decades her senior.

Her parents Russell, 66, and Kimora Lee, 48, have shared cryptic social media posts in the wake of Aoki’s hot and heavy romance with the Italian businessman, though the up-and-coming model hasn’t addressed the relationship herself.

Her parents – who have an 18-year age gap themselves – were married from 1998 to 2009 and also share 24-year-old daughter Ming Lee Simmons.

While Aoki has mostly kept her dating life out of the public eye, Assaf made headlines when his ex-wife, Charlotte Bonstrom, left him for her twin sister’s ex-husband, Thierry Gillier.

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.

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