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Billie Eilish claims Variety Magazine outed her

The singer’s latest Instagram post has garnered a mixed response, one which highlights our dangerous hyper fixation on sexuality. 

Billie Eilish made headlines last month when a Variety Magazine interview stated she was attracted to both men and women.

The news came as no surprise to Eilish’s legion of fans. Many of them, along with the mainstream media, have speculated about the singer’s sexuality for years.

But last week Eilish slammed Variety after a reporter approached her at the Hitmakers Awards over the weekend.

The singer was asked on camera if she had meant to come out in the November Variety interview. While she remained upbeat during the interaction, her Instagram post a few hours later told a different story.


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Thanks Variety for my award and also outing me on a red carpet at 11am instead of talking to me about anything else that matters,’ she wrote.

‘I like boys and girls leave me alone about it please literally who cares.’

While the post received supportive comments from many of Eilish’s fans, some have called the singer out for her use of ‘outing’ language, suggesting that she initially shared her sexual preferences of her own accord.

‘It’s not really fair to say “outed […]”. You had a conversation with a gay interviewer about the cover story where you came out. She was doing her job,’ said one Instagram user.

Other’s criticised Eilish in a similar vain.

When asked about the Variety interview on the red carpet, Billie told the reporter that she ‘didn’t realise people didn’t know’.

‘I saw the article and was like ‘Oh, I guess I came out today’. But it’s exciting to me… it’s cool that they know.’


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But Billie also said she didn’t believe in the concept of ‘coming out’ and the idea that people should have to reveal their sexuality.

The mixed response to her recent post is, to some extent, expected. We’re always hung up on language – whether it invokes the right meaning or conveys the right message. Eilish’s decision to call out Variety also places a target on her interviewers back, something that’s left a sour taste in her followers’ mouths.

The debate, therefore, pivots on the interpretation of the Variety interview—was it a case of revealing private information against Eilish’s will, or a continuation of her previous openness about her identity?

But in this instance, the issue isn’t really about the granularity of language or interpretation. It’s about our unending hyper fixation on celebrities’ sexual identity, a compulsion that – despite its harmful consequences – we continually fail to curb.

Regardless of whether someone chooses to share this information willingly or not, the obsession with prying into their personal lives limits their freedom of expression and identity. The scrutiny becomes a confining force, boxing individuals into predefined categories and stifling the fluidity of self-discovery and expression.

Billie’s cries to ‘please leave me alone’ underpin the devastating impact of our preoccupations with her personal life. After all, she’s right. Why should we care? Eilish is famous for making music – something she is exceedingly good at. She’s not here to pander to our curiosities, or share the details of her dating life.

There’s also an air of misogyny here. Men in the spotlight are rarely bludgeoned with questions about their love life, especially at an event where they’re being awarded for success in their career.

Whether you think Billie shared her sexuality to Variety willingly, she clearly feels differently. And that should ultimately be all that matters. Shouldn’t we be gracious enough to let people come out on their own terms? To define what it means for them?

Billie Eilish’s situation is not an isolated incident. Many public figures find themselves navigating the delicate balance between personal privacy and public visibility. The narrative surrounding their lives often becomes a communal discussion, with the public feeling entitled to every detail.

This scrutiny only creates an environment where individuals are hesitant to explore their identities authentically, fearing the repercussions of public judgement.

Hyper fixating on an individual’s sexual orientation, whether disclosed willingly or not, restricts their freedom of expression and reinforces harmful stereotypes.

It’s time for a cultural shift towards respecting the boundaries of personal privacy and allowing individuals the space to define their identities on their own terms.