Billie Eilish Claps Back at Reporter For ‘Outing Her’ on the Red Carpet

Billie Eilish’s sexuality has been making headlines, and the singer has had enough.

While on the red carpet of Variety’s Hitmaker event, Billie Eilish stopped to chat with one of the reporters about her upcoming album and her previous interview with the outlet.

Last month, the 21-year-old singer was part of Variety‘s ‘The Power of Women’ issue. She told the outlet that she is physically attracted to women but has always been intimidated by them. Many took this statement as Eilish coming out.

“Did you mean to come out?” the interviewer asked on Saturday morning.

“No I did not,” she replied. “But I kind of thought: ‘wasn’t it obvious?'”

Eilish and the interviewer agreed that we need to get to a place where no one feels the need to come out. “I just don’t really believe in it. I’m just like, why can’t we just exist? I’ve been doing this for a long time and I just didn’t talk about it. Whoops.”

Eilish was all smiles on the carpet, but after reflection, she spoke out about the interaction online.

“Thanks Variety for my award and for also outing me on a red carpet at 11 am instead of talking about anything else that matters. I like boys and girls. Leave me alone about it, please. Literally who cares. Stream ‘What Was I Made For.’”

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Eilish Says She is Attracted to Women

From playfully employing a filter proclaiming “gay and tired” to openly discussing her celebrity crushes, Eilish has consistently expressed her attraction to women without feeling the need to confine herself to any specific labels. But if there was any doubt, the “bad guy” singer affirmed her stance in an interview with Variety.

“I’ve never really felt like I could relate to girls very well,” she said. “I love them so much. I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real.

She added, “I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence.”

Eilish has faced scrutiny for her appearance and her sexuality since we first heard her sing “Ocean Eyes” in 2015.

“I have never felt like a woman, to be honest with you. I’ve never felt desirable. I’ve never felt feminine,” she told the outlet. “I have to convince myself that I’m, like, a pretty girl.”

The interview continues with the “What Was I Made For?” singer speaking on her choice to wear baggy clothes at the beginning of her career and how it had nothing to do with being sexualized. Eilish kicked off her career at 16 and she’s only 21 now. It’s eye-opening to witness how demanding the industry can be, especially for young artists.

Eilish has also spoken about her desire to keep her personal life private. In 2021, she told Elle, “Like, oh yeah, that’s everyone else’s business, right? No. Where’s that energy with men?

“I just wanted to make a song once, and then I kept making songs. I never said: ‘Hey, pay attention to my life.’”

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