Jessica Lowndes, 27, defends her relationship with Jon Lovitz, 58, after receiving criticism

by Emmy Griffiths

Jessica Lowndes, 27, has defended her new relationship with Jon Lovitz, 58 over the weekend. The actress, who has even hinted that the pair are engaged after sharing a photo of a dazzling engagement ring, has playfully responded to negative comments over their 31-year age gap, claiming that: "haters gonna hate."

The rumours of the couple's new relationship began on Friday when Jessica posted a quote that read: "Old cows like to eat young grass," and cheekily captioning the post: "And I love me some old cows," referencing the age gap between the pair.

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Jessica has defended the 31-year age gap between herself and her new boyfriend, Jon

She then posted a photo of a man's hand on her leg with the captions: "There's a new man in my life," and "His hands are wise and tell a thousand stories...#smitten#hatersgonnahate"

Jessica then addressed the fan confusion on Instagram, posting a video in which she debunked rumours that her account has been hacked.

"No I haven't been hacked, I'm just really excited to finally share this secret with you guys," she said, before swiftly following up the video with a snap of an engagement ring.

The actress also made fun of the comments surrounding her new relationship, and posted a photo of two ice creams with the caption: "You say sugar daddy but I say ice cream daddy! Lol #SweptoffMyFeet #ExtraSprinklesPleaseDaddy."

His hands are wise and tell a thousand stories... #smitten #hatersgonnahate 🙊❤️👻 snap: realjlowndes

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The Wedding Singer actor Jon has also been defending their relationship on Twitter. In one tweet, he quoted a negative tweet directed at him which says: "nice daughter," responding with: "nice jealousy!"

In another, he quoted a tweet reading: "proof money is the answer. Thanks Jon," responding with "My pleasure! Now work on getting personality." The 58-year-old also posted a loved up photo of himself in the car with Jessica, writing: "Easter with my bunny."

Jessica has previously dated rugby player Thom Evans in a seven-month-long relationship which ended in 2013, while Jon's last reported relationship was back in 2004 with model Janice Dickinson.

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