Music superstar Billie Eilish is finally addressing those queerbaiting claims from earlier this year, and she wants everyone to know that her sexuality is no one's business but her own.
In a recent with Elle Magazine, where she appears on the October 2021 cover, the 19-year-old Grammy-winning singer-songwriter talked openly about all the scrutiny she has faced over the years in her career from people on the internet, about everything ranging from her clothing choices to who she is or isn't dating. The topic of discussion then shift's to the pop star's sexuality, and Eilish had a few choice words to share.
"Or my sexuality!" she tells Elle. "Like, oh yeah, that’s everyone else’s business, right? No. Where’s that energy with men?"
For context, back in June, Eilish released the music video for her single "Lost Cause," a song off of her sophomore album Happier Than Ever and an ode to a deadbeat ex that many fans instantly fell in love with. The music video for the track is also a sapphic dream, featuring Billie having the time of her life with a group of girlfriends at a mansion slumber party.
While the video looks like a lot of fun, there are some sensual moments where Billie and friends are rolling around on top of each other in bed, which made some critics accuse Eilish, who to date has not really talked openly about her sexuality before, of queerbaiting (i.e. hinting at queerness as a marketing technique for views/clout).
Eilish then took to Instagram and posted on-set images from the filming of the "Lost Cause" video, and with the caption simply stating "I love girls," many read it as a response to queerbaiting allegations — and a public coming out.
"I just wanted to make a song once, and then I kept making songs. I never said, 'Hey, pay attention to my life,'" Eilish continued to Elle, talking about being thrust in the public spotlight at a young age and having to deal with online critics of every little thing she does. "All my friends know I don’t wanna see any of [the negative chatter]. When people send me something mean, it hurts my soul."