Billie Eilish, the 21-year-old American singer and songwriter, addressed rumors about her sexuality at the Variety Hitmakers event held on December 2, 2023. The Film Song of the Year Award winner was asked by Variety correspondent Tiana DeNicola about her recent comments on being attracted to women. Eilish responded with a giggle, “No, I didn’t! But I kind of thought, wasn’t it obvious? I didn’t realize people didn’t know! I just don’t really believe in [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.”
Eilish had previously hinted about her fluid sexuality in the past. In her November cover story for Variety, she had said, “I’ve never really 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. [..] I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence.”
Eilish’s comments have been widely discussed on social media, with many fans and supporters praising her for her honesty and openness. Some have also criticized her for not being more forthcoming about her sexuality earlier. However, Eilish has made it clear that she does not believe in the need to “come out” and that she simply wants to be able to exist without labels or expectations.
In conclusion, Billie Eilish’s comments at the Variety Hitmakers event have sparked a conversation about the importance of representation and visibility for the LGBTQ+ community. Her decision to speak openly about her sexuality is a powerful reminder that everyone deserves to be seen and heard, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.