By Elise Solé

Is this true love? (Photo by Getty Images)

Rumor alert: According to the New York Daily News, supermodel Kate Upton and rapper Sean Combs are dating. The paper reports that not long after Upton broke up with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, she’s been spotted sucking face with Combs at a Miami club and not long after, sharing an intimate dinner with the rapper at restaurant Gemma in New York City.

Whether or not this pair is the real deal, they certainly have enough in common to make out for an evening: Both are ridiculously rich, beautiful, and famous. But let’s not forget: There’s a whopping 23-year difference between the Michigan-born supermodel and the hip-hop mogul from the Bronx. Let’s explore this.

Older men hooking up with younger women is hardly new and most of these relationships can be chalked up to Social Exchange Theory; simply put, couples often use subconscious judgment calls when they first meet. A woman may not be that mature but if she offers beauty and fertility, a man may not mind the age gap. Likewise, a guy might be old enough to be a woman’s father, but if he has the resources to provide, well, from an evolutionary P.O.V., that’s sexy.

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