Billy Corgan, 48, and Chloe Mendel, 22, welcomed baby Augustus Juppiter

Billy Corgan is sort of America’s version of Morrissey. Billy hates most things and most people, and he spends a lot of time bitching about everything in interviews. I honestly didn’t know Corgan was currently in a relationship, but he is. His girlfriend (seen above) is Chloe Mendel, a singer-songwriter. She’s 22 years old. Billy is 48. Would you like to feel old? The year that Smashing Pumpkins released their widely acclaimed album Siamese Dream was the same year that Billy Corgan’s girlfriend was born: 1993. Seriously. And now Chloe and Billy have a baby.

How smashing: Musician Billy Corgan is a dad! The singer-songwriter and Chloe Mendel welcomed their first child, son Augustus Juppiter Corgan, on Monday, Nov. 16, his rep confirms to PEOPLE. Mendel managed to keep the pregnancy under wraps and no other details surrounding their baby boy’s birth have been released.

Corgan, 48, who is best known as the founder and frontman of the ’90s alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, is also a poet. New York City native Mendel, 22, is an artist and the daughters of fashion designers Gilles Mendel and Jenny Mui.

The new dad has had a bit of practice in the parenting field: Corgan has posed with his adopted cats, Sammi and Mr. Thom, in the past while advocating for animal rights.

[From People]

Hm…so, Chloe Mendel has famous parents. Parents who might have listened to Smashing Pumpkins during her childhood? Perhaps. As for the baby’s name… quite honestly, I don’t have a problem with Augustus, and if they call him Gus, Augie or August, that’s just a bonus as far as I’m concerned. But Juppiter? With two Ps? NOPE. Juppiter with two Ps belongs in a Tyler Perry Medea movie. Anyway, congrats to Billy and Chloe. Sigh…

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  1. Belle Epoch says:

    JUPPITER? Puppety uppity yuppity JUPPITER? That’s just illiterate, not charming.

  2. McLori says:

    Is he wearing a flesh coloured undershirt?

  3. barfly says:

    Am i the only one that thinks this age difference is gross? No? Anybody?

    • PixieWitch says:

      No, no you’re not. Rich old guy gets a young hot girlfriend. How original! Older women, we are doomed! Do I have to date an 80 year old? Oh who am I kidding?, they want a young hot girl as well!

    • Red says:

      Its not the age difference for me. Its the fact that a 22 year old has no life experience and has barely settled into who she is. Can you imagine the power imbalance between them? Scary!

      Also, how is it that 40 year old Sarah Paulson dating 32 years older was declared “ridiculous” in the article but this 26 year age difference with a girl who was only just last year legally allowed a glass of wine barely gets a side eye?

      • Dana m says:

        I Totally agree Red.

        At 22 you haven’t really discovered what you want in life. I can’t imagine myself at 22 with a baby and an old guy as my boyfriend. I Wonder what her parents must be thinking about this situation.

        But I do hope it works out well for the baby’s sake!

      • Marie-France says:

        @Red: YES, exactly. My first thought with and age difference like this is always “what’s wrong with him? Why is he not compatible with women his own age?”.

    • Cleo says:

      It’s just ugh.

    • Naddie says:

      I wonder if there’s someone here who doesn’t. He’s going to deal with two kids, and that’s creepy. And let’s not mention how miserable she looks in these pics.

    • swack says:

      My first thought – he is more than twice her age. Just creepy to me too.

    • suze says:

      The only appropriate thing to say when a baby arrives is, regardless of the age of the parents, the number of partners the parent currently has, or the general mental state of the parent is -

      “Oh that is wonderful. Babies are ALWAYS wonderful, regardless. I’m sure this child is loved. I’m sure this child will be well provided for. Who am I to judge?”

      Babies trump ALL.

      Yes, I am being sarcastic. But it’s also somewhat true, but only when it applies to rich and famous people.

    • Vanessa says:

      You’re not alone. It is gross.

    • Holmes says:

      It’s absolutely gross. Dirty old man.

      • coolkidsneverhavethetime says:

        Yeah it’s gross but when she grows up in 10 years, I wonder if the dynamic of the relationship will change when she’s 30 and he’s nearly 60. I’m 30 and could not imagine being with a 60 year old dude. The well adjusted guys I know have no problem with dating women their age or even older. I get hit on more than ever at 30. And uggghh this guy, what a stick in the mud. I heard some guy in Deerhunter drank a water backstage and was warned afterwards it was Billy’s water and the guy approached him having a fit, telling the poor guy and told him he was in a no name indie band and thew a fit. What an a hole. Miserable to live with most likely. Poor girl.

    • Alexis says:

      Yeah, she’s just too young. I’m five years older than her and grew up on SP, and I think even I’M too young for him! But I think it’s especially creepy and pathetic for people over 35 to go for the under 24 set. I basically assume that the older person in such a relationship doesn’t even want a real partner, but rather a sex servant slash yes-person.

      • coolkidsneverhavethetime says:

        From what I’ve seen, read, and heard of him it seems he’s on the NPD spectrum or at least exhibits lots of narcissistic traits. It’s sad because the music was great but his talented band members walked away. When I see guys this age with early 20s women I think insecure guy, insecure girl. Older guy seeking to manipulate/control. Sad situation.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I agree…to me it screams he doesn’t want an equal he wants a bedroom buddy.

      • Anna says:

        Young Sex is not great though. Who wants a very young bedroom buddy? So much work. So much angst.

    • megsie says:

      She was 19 when they started dating. She was actually born the same year he married his first wife. Billy probably considers this a good ‘sign’

  4. lisa2 says:

    That age difference…

  5. Sochan says:

    The age difference is unsettling. On a side note, he’s looking exactly like Vincent D’Ofrio in Daredevil.

  6. jugstorecowboy says:

    This is just too much. My teenaged self, who doodled Smashing Pumpkins lyrics on EVERYTHING circa 1993-95 is horrified.
    Plus, that extra ‘P’ is ridiculous.

  7. Ann says:

    Creepy when almost 50 year old men have children with 22 year olds.

  8. beckymae says:

    Anyone else think she looks SUPER unhappy in those pics or is that just millennial surliness??

    • Pansy says:

      “Millennial surliness”!!! Hahahaha!!

      • Beanie says:

        My 28 year old daughter has the occasional bout of millennial surliness. Also, it figures that ole Billy Boy can’t hang with women his own age.

    • Jag says:

      lol I think she looks very “over it.” While he looks happy.

      • Beanie says:

        Yeah, I can see her cha ching-ing on her lil newborn cash cow and hitting the bricks for younger, less bald pastures in a year or two, tops.

      • sills says:

        Agree with Beanie, guess I’m just a cynic but this looks to me like classic gold-digging. I mean I’m a SP fan but look at Billy for god’s sake. if he was some nobody hipster tending bar would she be all over that? I highly doubt it.

    • Ann says:

      Most younger women married to old dudes look miserable. Just from what I’ve seen …

  9. Nancy says:

    I get why he wants to be with a 22 year old woman……I don’t get why she wants to be with a 48 year old man….balls to the walls, but, I digress….this is no ordinary 48 year old dude…..he’s rich and has lots of money…….sure they’re quite in love. Billy was the bomb in the day.
    Ho Ho Ho CBers love you all! GNAT you’re my girl crush :)

    • applapoom says:

      Ok so people say she must be in it for the money but she is from old money.

      So she must really like him for him right? Like inner beauty?

    • Jayna says:

      There’s quite a few hot 48-year-old men (actors/musicians) I could see her falling for (or that were hot back at 48 years of age), with her not thinking of the future, them getting older and older, and her having no life experience yet. But Billy Corgan is so not hot and I find unappealing on many levels. Yuck. And while he could write great songs, I find his singing voice like nails on a chalkboard. So he doesn’t even have that going for him.

      • Juls says:

        Caterwauling. That’s what I call his singing. My fave radio station always seems to find a way to play a SP song on my way home. Gahhhh it makes me wants to drive my car into the river!!

    • Kitten says:

      Merry Christmas, Nancy!

      We can’t even say that she’s a fan because she’s too young to really remember his music. I wonder if it’s a career move for her as she’s an aspiring singer-songwriter?

      I have mixed feelings about Billy.

      • Nancy says:

        Merry Christmas Kitten. I named GNAT as my girl crush….wanted to name you as well, but the competition is fierce. I’m not a fan of happy peppy people and you are so laid back, you probably don’t even perspire….sweat is not word for my kitty cat! Have a great holiday, drink a lot, hang out with your man and just enjoy being alive!

      • Locke Lamora says:

        You can be a fan of musiv that’s older than you, you know?

  10. lisa says:

    i guess they were afraid there would be too many jupiters in his class, they needed to make it special

  11. Malificent says:

    I’m also 48 and also from Chicago. Usually Billy makes me chuckle. This just makes me grimace. Although he is a very attentive kitty-daddy, so I have a surprising amount of hope for his parenting skills.

  12. Soprana says:

    Not sure if he’s been married before, but this REALLY reminds me of that ‘Meet Your Second Wife’ sketch from the most recent SNL…

  13. poppy says:

    like the SNL skit, bet if asked in 1993 if he would be marrying someone freshly born that year -20 years in the future -EVEN HE would think that’s creepy. and mid-lifey.

    at least they’ll get a multi-generational feel in their family portraits. :roll:

  14. Scal says:

    All I can hear is the line from willy wonka, “Augustus no! Save some room for later!” (Done in a poor German accent natch)

    All I can say about the middle name is at least it’s a middle name. Maybe they’ll end up calling him AJ

  15. Lucy says:

    Apparently her father is the head designer of J Mendel, which is what Taylor Swift always wears at award shows. As for the age difference…well, no.

  16. SamiHami says:

    I can’t understand the mentality of a 48 year old that would want to be with a 22 year old. Yes, of course, I know sex is a huge factor. But how can a guy that age not feel like an absolute creep? I mean, you still have to look at yourself in the mirror. How can you like what you see when you know you are with someone far too young for you, someone whose brain hasn’t even finished fully developing? And to have a baby with this girl?

    I would feel differently if she was ten or fifteen years older. But at 22 you are just starting to become an adult. You are still figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world.

    This has shades of Doug Hutchison all over it. Not as extreme, but still very creepy.

  17. Crumpet says:

    Juppiter. Turns out it is an alternative spelling of Iuppiter. How very very deep and enigmatic.

    • Original Kay says:

      Now that I know it isn’t just some stupid spelling of Jupiter, I like it. I wouldn’t name my kid juppiter but in my opinion it’s better than let’s say…. Sparrow. Or Apple. Just a couple of examples.

      No I got it!!! 10000 times better than Spurgeon!

  18. Lama Bean says:

    I can’t unsee this now, but he looks like Gru from Despicable Me in that pic with the scarf.

  19. Pants says:

    I hope they just call the kid AJ and leave it at that.

  20. Lady keller says:

    Dammit. My baby’s name is Augustus. Now I’m going to look like I’m jumping on a trendy bandwagon. I hope there aren’t Augustuses popping up every where in the next few years.

  21. jupiter was actually a common slave name as well… so the madea reference kinda made me cringe celebitchy (ugh)

  22. Boxy Lady says:

    Dollars to doughnuts that the baby’s head is massive (if he takes after Billy). Maybe that’s what the “Juppiter” is for.

    I kid, I kid.

  23. lukie says:

    Sooooo he had a baby with someone old enough to BE his baby?

  24. heres Wilson says:

    As a teen in the 90′s I loved all things SP/BC…as an adult pushing 40 blech. I listen to Sirius 90′s radio and every time their music comes on I’ll risk a head on collision to change it. I’m still a huge Courtney Love/Hole fan girl at heart and it troubles me to know that she went there. Like, with all the nasty shit Courtney Love has done this weasel is the worst. Gawd. My skin doth crawl.

  25. Clairej says:

    Wow that is the happiest I have ever seen Billy. Maybe he has sucked out all her happiness into himself??!! Like a Dementor

  26. Bridget says:

    Am I the only one that thinks Billy Corrigan seems oddly sexless?

    • Beanie says:

      He reminds me of the guy who played Darth Vader’s face in the original Stars Wars movies when Luke took off his mask. Head all white and bald and puffy and doughy. Luke, Billy is your father.

  27. mc says:

    Elizabeth Taylor married a 41-year-old when she was 19 and had two kids with him right away.

  28. JRenee says:

    Resting bitch face maybe?

  29. Alice says:

    Billy can do no wrong in my book. I’m sure there’s a brilliant Corgany reason for the double p. 😍

  30. Dena says:

    Great musician. But the fascination ends there… Creepy guy

  31. Jenna says:

    It’s gross that she is a year younger than Frances Bean Cobain, who he helped raise when he lived with Courtney Love. Man, someone is having a mid-life crisis.

  32. Jenna says:

    And wasn’t he dating Tila Tequila a year ago?

  33. khaveman says:

    His head looks like a basketball. He’s pretty puffy and gross-looking.

  34. Maribel says:

    How gross!!! Let’s see the facts:

    1. When they started dating she was only 19 years old.
    2. She works for him at Madame Zuzu. So basically, he has been sleeping with his teenage employee.
    3. She comes from a wealthy successful family of designers. That is why probably Billy hit on her. If she was a normal/poor/middle class girl he wouldn’t have looked at her.
    4. The fact that she is only 22 years old does not make her the hottest girl on earth. Yelena Yemchuck is about 45 years old and is way hotter than this one.

    Lost all my respect for this guy. I used to be a huge fan of him in my teenage years. Now with this news I don’t think I will ever be able to listen to his music again without thinking that he must be a really mental sick person.

    • Michele says:

      Sadly, you’re right, Maribel.

      I am a SP fan too. I admire Billy’s intelligence, talent and sensibility. And how he’s engaged in animal rights and supporting veterans. He really does good things. He supports his community in so many ways. I believe that he really is a good guy.

      But about his relationship with Chloe Mendel, it seems to me that he doesn’t really love her. I don’t see affection in his or her expression. It seems to me that he’s desperate to be a father. That’s all. And, yes, you’re right, he hit her for her royal background. It seems to me that he wouldn’t like to give his child an unknown/ordinary civilian mother.

      As a fan, I feel sorry for him. I wish he could truly live the experience of loving and being loved. He deserves to be truly loved, as we all do. We all do, really. The fact that he had a baby with a young girl whom he doesn’t seem to love makes me sad for him. But I am happy for the baby and hope they will love this child with all their hearts.