Eastwood’s Stepmom Defends Her Decision to Marry an Older Man in Vegas

Clint Eastwood’s 20-year-old daugh­ter, Francesca East­wood, recently made head­lines after it was revealed that she mar­ried 35-year-old music man­ager, Jor­dan Feld­stein (actor Jonah Hill’s brother), at a Vegas chapel. The celebrity cou­ple wasn’t pub­licly dat­ing, which is why sources said the impromptu mar­riage was the result of a lot of alco­hol. A week after tying the knot, they’re already seek­ing an annulment.

East­wood, who’s cur­rently in the mid­dle of his own divorce, hasn’t said a word about his daughter’s so-called mar­riage mis­take, even though he’s made it clear that mar­riage is some­thing you should “think long and hard about.” But one per­son who is speak­ing out to defend her ques­tion­able Vegas behav­ior is Eastwood’s much younger soon-to-be ex-wife and Francesca’s step­mother, Dina Ruiz.

Ruiz recently appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s talk show and chalked the whole Vegas mar­riage inci­dent up to Francesca just being an “adren­a­line junkie,” adding that the young model is “a lovely, smart, amaz­ing per­son who will do a goof-off at a whim.” In other words, her mar­ry­ing an older man was for noth­ing more than a rush.

Ruiz also said that even though her step­daugh­ter said there was no alco­hol involved, she’s isn’t entirely sure she’s telling the truth because, let’s be hon­est, what 20-year-old will admit to a par­ent that they went to Vegas (where the legal drink­ing age is 21) and got mar­ried in a drunken stupor.

Ruiz admit­ted that she doesn’t believe Francesca would do this just for the pub­lic­ity because, like the rest of Eastwood’s kids, she’s igno­rant to the fact that hav­ing a celebrity father makes them famous, too. She also didn’t expect it to go so pub­lic so fast. “Francesca would actu­ally do some­thing like that think­ing that no one would ever find out. They don’t get that they are tied to Clint East­wood or that they have a lit­tle bit of suc­cess on their own.”

What do you think: Is being an “adren­a­line junkie” enough to jus­tify a spon­ta­neous Vegas wedding?


Eggen­berger, N., “Francesca Eastwood’s Step­mom Dina Explains Las Vegas Wed­ding: ‘She’s an Adren­a­line Junkie,’” Us Weekly web site, Novem­ber 26, 2013; http://goo.gl/eXeo6f.

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