Billie Eilish Apologizes Amid Backlash Over Resurfaced Video Involving Racial Slur
Billie Eilish addresses the backlash over a TikTok post that appears to feature a re-surfaced video of the star.
The 19-year-old singer went to her Instagram story Monday June 21 to apologize for recordings that appear to show the star singing along to a song that contains a racial slur in addition to a stylized one Voice that mocked as people of Asian descent. According to media reports, the song featured in the footage is "Fish" by Tyler, The Creator, from the rapper's 2011 album Goblin.
"I love you, and many of you have asked me to bring this up," wrote Billie. "And that's something I WANT to address because I'm being branded as something I am not."
She continued, “When I was 13 or 14 years old, there was a video cut of me saying a word from a song I didn't know at the time was a derogatory term and against members of the Asian community has been appalled and embarrassed and wants to puke that I have ever spoken on that word. This song was the only time I ever heard this word as it was not used by anyone in my family around the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And I'm sorry. "
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E! News previously contacted Billie's team about criticizing the video and received no feedback.
Billie also addressed the stylized voice she used in another part of the video. She said, "The other video in this cut clip is me speaking with a silly gibberish voice ... something I started with as a kid and have spoken to my pets, friends and family all my life and absolute gibberish just me fooling around, and is in no way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent or culture in the LIGHTEST. Everyone who knows me has seen me fooling around with voices my entire life. "
The Your Power singer went on to say that "It absolutely breaks my heart" that her actions could have hurt anyone.
"No matter how it has been interpreted, I didn't want my actions to hurt others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is now being marked in such a way that it could cause pain to the people who hear it," she shared. "I don't just believe in it, I've always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, friendliness, tolerance, equality and equality."
Billie concluded her message by saying that we must all "continue to listen and learn". She added, "I hear you and I love you."
This follows the star's alleged boyfriend, Matthew Tyler Vorce, who died on Wednesday Jan.
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