Billie Eilish has spoken out amid the major backlash against her following a video that recently resurfaced that showed the singer using a racist slur.
The drama started when a TikTok user by the name @lcxvy compiled some video clips of the singer who is heard saying the word “ch*nk”, an offensive slur referring to a person of Chinese descent.
Following criticism over the shocking clip, the 19-year-old singer has now spoken out on Instagram Stories, saying she was “appalled and embarrassed” over her behaviour in the video, which she said had been filmed when she was “13 or 14.”
“I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. and this is something that I WANT to address because I’m being labeled something that I am not,” Billie began.
“There’s a video edit going around of me when I was 13 or 14 where I mouthed a word from a song that at the time i didn’t know was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community.”
She continued, “I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word. this song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. and for that i am sorry.”
She continued: “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 have 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,” Billie concluded.
Whether fans will forgive her for the slip-up remains to be seen.
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