Eva Mendes Explains Her Clapback at Troll Who Called Her ‘Old’: ‘I Take it as a Compliment’

Eva Mendes Explains Her Clapback at Troll Who Called Her ‘Old’: ‘I Take it as a Compliment’

by embracing the critique, even thanking the commenter, “for the reminder that I’m still here. ❤️❤️❤️.”’ data-reactid=”17″>Earlier this month, the mother of two responded to an Instagram troll who said “she’s getting old” by embracing the critique, even thanking the commenter, “for the reminder that I’m still here. ❤️❤️❤️.”

Speaking to PEOPLE at the Create and Cultivate event in Los Angeles on Saturday, Mendes, who turns 46 next month, explained her reason for delivering the classy clapback.

“I was excited by the reaction because in no way do I think that person that left that comment about me getting old was being malicious,” she explained. “I do not think it was a malicious comment, but I think it’s more dangerous because it wasn’t malicious because it’s just ingrained in society that getting older is something we should either fear or be ashamed of.”

“And I think the whole thing about not asking a woman what her age is archaic,” Mendes continued. “It’s like you can ask me my age and I will happily tell you, I’ll be shocked, somewhat shocked. I’m about to turn 46 and that’s somewhat shocking to me. But I’m proud of that.”

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Esmeralda Amada, 5 with Ryan Gosling, is no stranger to receiving social media criticism — or having a classy rebuttal to it.’ data-reactid=”47″>Mendes, who shares daughters Amada Lee, 3½, and Esmeralda Amada, 5 with Ryan Gosling, is no stranger to receiving social media criticism — or having a classy rebuttal to it.