'We don't care': Katharine McPhee, 38, and David Foster, 73, unfazed by social media flak over age gap

The pair first met in 2006 when David Foster was a mentor to a group of contestants including Katharine McPhee on American Idol

'We don't care': Katharine McPhee, 38, and David Foster, 73, unfazed by social media flak over age gap
David Foster and Katharine McPhee are an 'unconventional couple', by the composer's own admission (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Katharine McPhee and David Foster have declared they "don't care" about their age gap.

The singer, 38, and the music producer, 73, have garnered considerable attention for their age difference, especially since the former is younger than four of her stepdaughters. The pair first met in 2006 when David was a mentor to a group of contestants including her on American Idol. They stayed friends through the years, with each of them going through a marriage and a divorce during that time. The doting couple reconnected and tied the knot in 2019, and now Katharine has insisted that she doesn't give any thought to what people have to say about their age gap.
 
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“Of course, some people think it’s a thing, but we don’t care," the 'Terrified' hitmaker, who has daughter Rennie, 20 months, with the composer told the Daily Mail. "Here’s the thing about social media [and] people who make comments … You have to remind yourself that they make that comment and five seconds later, they’re not thinking about you anymore.” The duo is now looking forward to spending Christmas together, with Katharine revealing they are both fans of "practical gifts." She continued, “We honestly have everything we need. We don’t need anything – we really don’t. We’re really grateful to have what we have … our friends and family, everyone’s healthy, and [David’s] not a materialistic person at all." The singer added, “I kind of like to give practical gifts for Christmas – nothing extravagant – like new suitcases and things like that. But like nice suitcases, sexy suitcases.”

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David Foster and Katharine McPhee attend ‘The 7th Annual Imagine Ball’ presented by Imagine LA at The Peppermint Club on October 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
David Foster and Katharine McPhee attend ‘The 7th Annual Imagine Ball’ presented by Imagine LA at The Peppermint Club on October 09, 2022, in Los Angeles, California (Presley Ann/Getty Images for Imagine LA )

Katharine recently discussed her efforts to keep the romance alive with David. ''I'll have a glass of wine – he doesn’t drink – and we just talk," she told Fox News. "That’s our time together that we always make sure to have," She added, "There's always something to talk about whether it’s our family, our son – it’s our time, We just want to reconnect." The artiste said there was "nothing extravagant about what we like to do" and that she and her husband "love going to a movie or having dinner together."

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David Foster and Katharine McPhee perform onstage during the Hot Pink Party hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at Park Avenue Armory on May 15, 2019 in New York City.
David Foster and Katharine McPhee perform onstage during the Hot Pink Party hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at Park Avenue Armory on May 15, 2019, in New York City (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

David recently revealed that he had no regrets about becoming a dad again as a septuagenarian. The music mogul has five children from previous marriages, namely Allison, 52, Amy, 49, Sara, 41, Erin, 40, and Jordan, 36. Nonetheless, he's determined to spend as much time as possible with his toddler son. “I haven’t regretted a single day of it. I’ve loved every single day," he told People. “It’s the standard thing of like, ‘Oh, well you were so young when you had your children and you were working day and night, you never saw them.’ And there is some truth to that, sadly, for my [older] kids. I was just working a lot. Even though I’m working a lot now, I’ll cancel anything just to hang with him. It’s just different.”

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Katharine McPhee and David Foster attend Inaugural Gateway Celebrity Fight Night on March 12, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Katharine McPhee and David Foster attend Inaugural Gateway Celebrity Fight Night on March 12, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Gateway Celebrity Fight Night Foundation )

David admitted that he and his wife are "an unconventional couple," but cited Celine Dion's marriage to her late husband and manager Rene Angelil, who was more than 25 years her senior. "With Celine and Rene Angelil, there was a big age difference, and after I was working with them for a long time it just became Celine and Rene. It just looked and felt normal," he said. "But it was, of course, kind of odd in the beginning. But I think we're over that hump now with five years of being together, and hopefully, people just start looking like we belong together because we feel like we do." Meanwhile, Katharine offered, "Even if they don't, we don't care. We just love our history, how we met and where we are now. Sometimes we look at each other like, 'This is so wild that we're together.'"

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