Billie Eilish Slams Variety For ‘Outing’ Her
Billie Eilish is not taking her “coming out” story by Variety lightly, slamming the publication for “outing” her. Though the “What Was I Made For?” singer told the publication she thought the public’s knowledge of her being attracted to women was “obvious.” But she didn’t appreciate them running the story, making a “grand gesture” of her coming out.
In her interview with Tiana DeNicola, Eilish was asked if she meant to come out in the publication’s cover story from earlier in the week. Eilish reiterated her statement on Saturday of still being afraid of women and thinking they were pretty while laughing about it. DeNicola then asked her if she had intended to share her LGBTQ+ identity. Though Billie said she wasn’t necessarily coming out or believing in the labels, she did not like how media outlets were reporting about it following the cover story and interview. “Why can’t we just exist?” the award-winning artist said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and I just didn’t talk about it. Whoops.”
Billie Eilish opens up about coming out in her Variety cover story: "I didn't realize people didn't know!" | Variety Hitmakers presented by @sonyelectronics https://t.co/xxmgD0zs3Y pic.twitter.com/uDDbCk6tgp— Variety (@Variety) December 2, 2023
Responding to the story on Instagram Monday (December 4), Eilish posted a series of photos, the first seemingly taken from sitting on the toilet. With a belt buckle of two women crawling, the 21-year-old musician wrote: “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.'”
As for balancing her masculine and feminine sides, Eilish previously said she feels comfortable expressing “a balance of both” sides of herself. Still, she said, “I feel the most powerful when I feel masculine.” She finds power in femininity, but feels better being more masculine in the way she walks, stands, what she wears, and her facial expressions.