Kimora Lee Simmons Got Real About Her 21-Year-Old Daughter Aoki's Controversial Photos Kissing A 65-Year-Old Man

Kimora Lee Simmons is revealing how she felt about her daughter Aoki dating much older businessperson Vittorio Assaf.

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Aoki's relationship with Vittorio became known in April when Page Six published photos of them kissing in St. Barts.

A closeup of Aoki in a denim dress with a belt
A closeup of Aoki in a denim dress with a belt
Vittorio Assaf in a blazer shirt and pants at an event
Vittorio Assaf in a blazer shirt and pants at an event

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A source told People at the time, "Aoki and Vittorio are spending time together and enjoying each others' company."

Aoki on runway
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But the rumored romance was over just as quickly as it seemingly began. Less than a week after the news broke, after backlash over the 44-year age gap between Aoki, 21, and Vittorio, 65, it was reported that they'd broken up.

Vittorio Assaf and a woman

This week, Kimora finally weighed in on the matter herself and admitted she was, indeed, "a little bit embarrassed" once the photos went viral.

Kimora and Aoki posing for the cameras at an event
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"But you know me, I'm definitely like, 'It is what it is, honey. Come on home, let's go. Mama's got your back,'" she told TMZ.

Kimora Lee Simmons speaking at an event
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Kimora also said she didn't believe Aoki and Vittorio were actually ever together. "I don't think she had an anything," she said in response to a question about whether she knew of the relationship. "She's a young, pretty girl, and I think, we don't think that the toads that we may kiss is gonna be broadcasted."

Closeup of Kimora and Aoki
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"And I personally feel a little bit like she was set up," Kimora added, "which is why I try to teach the girls. There's definitely an age dynamic there."

You can see her full interview here.