- Billie Eilish criticized Variety magazine for “outing” her during a red carpet interview at their Hitmakers brunch event.
- Eilish expressed her frustration on Instagram, stating that she likes both boys and girls and asking to be left alone about it.
- The singer previously discussed her attraction to women in Variety’s Power of Women issue.
Billie Eilish went viral after she blasted Variety magazine for “outing” her and called on the outlet to leave her alone. The 21-year-old singer posted several pictures on Instagram on Sunday after attending Variety’s Hitmakers brunch event, where she was asked on the red carpet about her comment in last month’s Power of Women issue about being “attracted to” women.
“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,” Eilish captioned her post. “I like boys and girls leave me alone about it please literally who cares.” At the time of this publication, her post has 3.6 million views and counting.
At the event on Saturday, the magazine’s reporter asked the singer if she had intended to “come out” in the article. “I just don’t really believe in it,” she added of the idea of “coming out.” “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.”
In last month’s issue, the “Everything I Wanted” hitmaker talked about her attraction to women. “I love [women] so much,” Eilish said. “I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real.”
“I have deep connections with women in my life, the friends in my life, the family in my life,” she added. “I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence.”
Eilish burst onto the music scene when she was 13 when her song “Ocean Eyes” went viral on SoundCloud. As she rose to stardom, she faced media stories about her looks, who she was dating, and her sexuality. She’s called the scrutiny “weird and upsetting” and said it led her to wear baggy clothes to hide her body from the world.
“I wasn’t trying to have people not sexualize me,” Eilish previously told the outlet. “But I didn’t want people to have access to my body, even visually. I wasn’t strong enough and secure enough to show it. If I had shown it at that time, I would have been completely devastated if people had said anything.”
“I’ve never felt like a woman, to be honest with you,” she added. “I’ve never felt desirable. I’ve never felt feminine. I have to convince myself that I’m, like, a pretty girl.”
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
In yet another example of celebrity melodrama, Billie Eilish’s recent outburst against Variety magazine underscores a growing trend of hypersensitivity in Hollywood. It’s baffling why celebrities like Eilish think the public is hanging on their every word, especially when it comes to their dating preferences. Her reaction to a simple question about her own statement in a magazine is a classic case of making a mountain out of a molehill.
Here’s a thought: If you don’t want people to talk about your personal life, maybe don’t discuss it in a major publication. It’s a simple equation. Celebrities can’t have it both ways – craving the spotlight when it suits them and then playing the victim when the attention doesn’t fit their narrative. Eilish’s plea for privacy would hold more water if she hadn’t willingly shared these details in the first place.
This isn’t about “outing” or privacy; it’s about celebrities using their platforms to create unnecessary drama. It’s high time they realize that the world has bigger issues to worry about than who they’re attracted to. Get over yourselves, Hollywood.
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