Billie Eilish accuses Variety of 'outing' her in red carpet interview
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Billie Eilish has accused Variety magazine of 'outing' her during a red carpet interview after she said she is 'attracted to' women.
The singer made the comment as she featured as part of Variety's Power of Women issue last month, when she discussed her life, relationships, and dealing with public pressure.
During the interview, Eilish said: “I never felt like I could relate to girls very well. I love them so much. I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real.”
The comment made people's ears prick up, and led to Eilish being asked about her sexuality when she appeared at Variety's Hitmakers awards.
While on the red carpet, Eilish was asked by Variety if she had intended to come out in her earlier interview.
“No I didn’t,” Eilish responded, adding: “But I kind of thought, ‘Wasn’t it obvious?'... I didn’t realize people didn’t know."
The 21-year-old went on to say she doesn't 'really believe' in the concept of coming out, saying: "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.”
Recalling her reaction to the published story, Eilish continued: "I saw the article and I was like, oh... I guess... I came out today! [...] But it’s exciting to me because I guess people didn’t know... but it’s cool that they know."
After appearing on the red carpet, Eilish went on to accept the award for Film Song of the Year alongside her brother and collaborator, Finneas.
The pair worked together on the track 'What Was I Made For' from the Barbie movie.
However, as the discussion around her sexuality continued, Eilish took to Instagram late on Sunday (December 3) evening and accused Variety of 'outing' her.
Alongside a series of images which began with a picture of Eilish apparently sitting on the toilet, with her underwear and jeans around her news, the singer 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."
Eilish then clarified that she likes 'boys and girls', adding: "Leave me alone about it please."
"Literally who cares," Eilish concluded, before moving on to promote her song from the Barbie soundtrack.
"Stream 'what was i made for'," she concluded the post.
When contacted by UNILAD for comment, Variety directed us to the cover story interview in which Eilish said she was 'physically attracted' to women.