Billie Eilish has taken to social media to express her frustration with Variety magazine, accusing the publication of "outing" her during a red carpet interview.
The singer, known for her chart-topping hits, sarcastically thanked Variety for discussing her sexuality instead of focusing on her accomplishments.
In a recent cover interview with Variety, Eilish suggested that she was attracted to women. During Variety's Hitmakers awards over the weekend, the singer was asked about her comments on-camera, leading to a public discussion about her sexuality.
Eilish, responding to the red carpet interview, posted on Instagram, stating, "Thanks Variety for my award and also outing me on a red carpet at 11 am instead of talking to me about anything else that matters. I like boys and girls, leave me alone about it, please. Literally, who cares."
While Eilish seemed upbeat during the red carpet event, she also emphasized that she didn't believe in the concept of "coming out" and questioned why it was necessary for individuals to disclose their sexuality publicly.
She stated, "Why can't we just exist? I've been doing this for a long time, and I just didn't talk about it."
Eilish's frustration highlights a broader societal issue regarding the undue focus on individuals' sexual orientation, often overshadowing their professional achievements.
The singer, who has been vocal about her desire for privacy, urged respect for her personal boundaries.
The incident underscores the ongoing conversation about the relevance of discussing celebrities' private lives, especially when it comes to their sexuality.
Eilish's candid response aligns with a growing call for a more respectful and nuanced approach to covering public figures, emphasising their talents and contributions rather than their personal relationships.