Reese Witherspoon’s son Deacon, 20, sparks nepo baby criticism after showing off pricey NYC apartment

Does Reese Witherspoon’s son Deacon Phillippe have too posh of a pad?

The New York University student let TikTok star Caleb Simpson — whose 7.8 million followers watch him tour expensive homes — walk through his swanky college apartment in New York City Thursday and now he’s getting backlash for being a nepo baby.

“Rich kids / nepo babies LOVE to avoid mentioning their extremely wealthy parents,” one viewer wrote in the video’s comment section.

“Let’s not forget that his mom and dad are wealthy celebrities,” another added, referring to Deacon’s mom and dad, actor Ryan Phillippe. “He could afford the whole place if he wanted to!”

A third unhappy viewer quipped, “Occupation: nepo baby,” while another wrote, “The trust fund baby life.”

The New York University student gave TikTok star Caleb Simpson a tour of his luxurious West Village apartment.
The apartment features high ceilings, and an open floor plan with a spiral staircase.
Deacon shares the pad with two other people.

Deacon, who was holding an expensive Perrier water bottle during the tour, coyly admitted he pays “West Village prices” for the apartment when prompted by Simpson — and it’s clear the space goes for a pretty penny with its spacious rooms, high ceilings and unique spiral staircase.

Unsurprisingly, people were not fond of the 20-year-old’s lack of transparency when it came to putting a price tag on the stunning apartment.

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Deacon even showed off his bedroom that doubles as a recording studio.
“I sing and play a little bit of keyboard but I mostly make music on my computer,” he proudly explained to Simpson.

“How much do you pay? The correct answer is: ask my mom and dad,” a disappointed user wrote.

“West village prices aka Mom and Dad are paying rent,” penned an additional critic.

However, not everyone was bashing the aspiring musician.

Viewers were not happy with the 20-year-old living in such a pricey pad — especially when he gave a vague answer about how much he pays to rent the place.
The aspiring musician simply said he pays “West Village” prices.

“Impressed he has roommates,” one supporter commented. “Rack up those experience points!”

“Chill and laid back young man!” a second impressed viewer wrote.

“[He’s] not a regular college student … he can get any apartment he wants,” another person added, defending him. “Even so he got roommates he looks chill.”

“West village prices aka Mom and Dad are paying rent,” one person wrote under the video, with many leaving similar notes.

Near the end of the video, Deacon showed off his bedroom which doubles as a studio.

“I sing and play a little bit of keyboard but I mostly make music on my computer,” he explained before proudly showing off one of his projects.

Deacon released his debut album, titled “A New Earth,” in April.

“Occupation: nepo baby,” another critic wrote.

His album release party was attended by Witherspoon, his father and his sister, Ava Phillippe.

“Awesome night w family & friends celebrating the release of, ‘A New Earth’ by @deaconphillippe !!” Ryan posted on Instagram at the time alongside several photos from the event.

The “Cruel Intentions” star also sent love to his son as he turned the big 2-0 on Oct. 23.

However, some people defended him and described him as “humble.”
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“Happy birthday to my best friend,” he penned alongside various snaps of him and Deacon over the years.

“I am so lucky to be your old man and so grateful for all the incredible memories and adventures we have together. You are a true blessing.”

Witherspoon, meanwhile, shared a post full of more recent snaps of her son.

In addition to being an NYU student, Deacon is actively releasing music and dropped his first album last April.

“HUGE Birthday wishes to my boy @deaconphillippe !! 🎂 🎈 ☀️” she exclaimed.

“Actually not a boy, he is a 20 yr old man today ! 🥰”

“Deacon, you are such a ray of sunshine, love and positivity in this world. Keep shining that wonderful light on us all! I 💗you !”

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