Billie Eilish says she's 'appalled and embarrassed' by a resurfaced video that shows her mouthing an anti-Asian slur
Billie Eilish. Michael Kovac / Getty Images
A clip that was widely shared on TikTok featured Billie Eilish uttering a racist slander.
On Monday, she posted a long apology on Instagram.
The singer said she was 13 or 14 years old in the video and did not know the word was a racial slander.
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Billie Eilish apologized after a re-surfaced video showed her delivering a racial slur.
In the clip, which is part of a compilation of the singer's videos that are widely shared on TikTok, Eilish uttered an anti-Asian slander in Tyler, the 2011 composer's song, "Fish". In a separate clip, Eilish seemed to speak in a stunned voice, which some fans interpreted as an imitation of various accents.
On Monday, the Grammy-winning 19-year-old said in a statement on her Instagram stories that she was 13 or 14 years old in the videos and did not know at the time that the word was derogatory.
"I'm horrified and ashamed and want to puke that I've ever spoken that word with my lips. This song was the only time I've ever heard that word as it wasn't used by anyone in my family close to me," she said. "Regardless of my ignorance then and my age, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And I'm sorry."
Eilish poses with her Grammy Awards. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Eilish said the clip, which some people had interpreted as her mimicking accents, was footage of her "speaking in a goofy gibberish voice," something she said she had done regularly for many years.
"It's absolute gibberish and just me fooling around and is in no way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent or culture in the LIGHTEST," she wrote. "Everyone who knows me has seen me fooling around with voices all my life."
She added that she didn't mean to offend.
"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 wrote.
“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. We all need to keep talking, listening and learning. I hear you and I love you. "
Eilish posted an apology on Instagram on Monday. billieeilisch / Instagram
Last week, People magazine reported that Matthew Tyler Vorce, an actor reportedly dating Eilish since April, also apologized for racist and homophobic language in previous posts on social media.
In an Instagram post, the 29-year-old wrote: “I want to apologize for the things I've written on social media in the past. The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are was a text, a quote or just that I was stupid, it doesn't matter. "
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