Billie Eilish Slammed The Media Frenzy Over Her Sexuality And Questioned Why She Wasn’t Asked About “Anything Else That Matters” On A Recent Red Carpet

“Thanks Variety for my award and for also outing me on a red carpet at 11 a.m. instead of talking about anything else that matters,” Billie wrote on Instagram.

Billie Eilish has addressed the media frenzy over her sexuality in a new Instagram post.

Billie on the red carpet wearing a striped pantsuit

For those who missed it, Billie spoke out about how she’s attracted to women as well as men during an interview with Variety last month. While she’d hinted at being attracted to women in the past, this was the first time that Billie explicitly discussed the subject.

Bille in a lingerie-insprired satin set with matching eye mask

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

Closeup of Billie Eilish

Billie continued, “I have deep connections with women in my life, the friends in my life, the family in my life. I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence.”

Billie sitting for an interview

Fast-forward a few weeks, and Billie was asked about the now-viral comments she made during her cover interview at Variety's 2023 Hitmakers event on Saturday.

Closeup of Billie Eilish

While on the red carpet, an interviewer asked Billie, “We gotta talk about your cover story because you mentioned that you felt like for a long time, women didn’t like you. And when that came out, all the women were like, ‘No, we love her!’ How did that reception feel?”

Closeup of Billie in an interview with Variety

Laughing along with the reporter, Billie jokingly replied, “I’m still scared of them, but I think they’re pretty.”

Closeup of Billie in an interview with Variety

The reporter then went on to ask, “Billie, did you mean to come out in that story?” In response, Billie laughed and said, “Girl, no I didn’t, but I kinda thought, Wasn’t it obvious? I didn’t realize people didn’t know.”

Closeup of Billie in an interview with Variety

“I just don’t really believe in it. I’m just like, ‘Why can’t we just exist?’” said Billie, who has previously expressed frustration toward the media's hyperfixation on her sexuality.

Closeup of Billie in an interview with Variety

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I just didn’t talk about it. Whoops,” Billie went on, before adding, “But I saw the article, and I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I came out today!’ It’s exciting to me because I guess people didn’t know, but it’s cool that they know.”

Closeup of Billie in an interview with Variety

Billie later made it known that she was “nervous talking about” the subject on the red carpet, though noted again: “I am for the girls.”

Closeup of Billie Eilish

The reporter then went on to ask Billie about her forthcoming album, prompting the singer to gush over how “excited” she is to release the new project.

bIllie smiles widely on the red carpet while wearing a shirt and tie

But regardless of how positive the interview seemed, it looks like Billie isn’t too happy with the media coverage around her sexuality.

Shortly after her red carpet interview with Variety took place, Billie — who was presented with the award for Film Song of the Year at the Variety event — took to Instagram to accuse the outlet of “outing” her, which is the act of making someone’s sexual orientation public without their consent.

Closeup of Billie Eilish

“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,” she began.

Screenshot of Billie's Instagram post

“I like boys and girls leave me alone about it please literally who cares stream ‘what was i made for,’” she added.

Some people empathized with Billie’s frustration at the widespread focus on her comments about her sexuality. "They were so out of pocket for asking that," one comment read, while another person wrote, "yeah can we just let queer people live pls."

Closeup of Billie Eilish

However, many internet users felt it was necessary to highlight that Variety didn’t “out” the singer on the red carpet.

Closeup of Billie Eilish

“They just asked if she meant to come out during that interview a few days ago, where she talked about liking girls. They didn't out her,” one person commented.

“It's awful to be outed but they didn't. Both times she's the one who said something about being attracted to girls,” another person added.

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