Billie Eilish issues apology after video of her using racial slur resurfaces
The video was taken a few years ago.
Billie Eilish has taken to Instagram to apologise after an old video emerged of her mouthing along to a racial slur.
While lip singing along to Tyler, The Creator's song "Fish", Billie mouth a slur against the Asian community while singing the 2011 hit, and has been forced by fans to apologise.
Saying she was only 13 or 14 at the time, she claimed she didn't understand that the slur was a "derogatory term".
The video emerged on TikTok and did the rounds on Twitter, with many either "cancelling" her, or asking that she address the incident.
Billie was also said to be mocking several ethnic communities too in the video.
The singer was keeping quiet about the video, after having defended her boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce's old tweets, she eventually took to Instagram to address it.
Heading to Instagram stories, Billie wrote: "I want to address this because I’m being labelled something I am not. There’s a video edit of me going around when I was 13 or 14 where I mouthed a word from a song that at that time I didn’t know was a derogatory term used against members of Asian community."
"I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word. The other video in that edited clip is me speaking in a silly gibberish made-up voice… something I started doing as a kid and has done my whole life when talking to my pets, friends, and family. it is absolute gibberish and just me goofing around and is in NO way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST."
"Anyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with voices my whole life. regardless of how it was interpreted, i did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it."
"We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning. I hear you and I love you. Thank you for taking the time to read this."