Sexuality: A Personal Matter
Eilish’s sexual orientation has been a subject of debate among her fans for a while due to the image she portrays in her songs and music videos. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Eilish stated that she wouldn’t mind falling in love with a girl.
“I think girls are hot, you know, humans are hot, and if I ever fell in love with one, hell, I would not mind.”
However, she fell short of identifying her sexuality.
In June 2021, Eilish faced queerbaiting controversy after she wrote ‘I love girls’ alongside promotional photos of her new single “Lost Cause”. Queerbaiting is a marketing technique used by creators which hints at, but does not actually depict, LGBTQ+ representation. The controversy arose from reports that she was dating actor Matthew Tyler, a man. Some fans have stated that they will boycott Billie’s music from now on, but others have leaped to her defense, reiterating that Billie doesn’t owe anyone any explanations for her actions.
Eilish addressed these queerbaiting claims in an interview with Elle Magazine. She stated that her sexuality is no one’s business but her own. “Or my sexuality! Like, oh yeah, that’s everyone else’s business, right? No. Where’s that energy with men?” she told Elle.
Despite the controversies and debates surrounding her sexuality, Eilish continues to focus on her music career. She has stated that she doesn’t try to hide who she is. “Being who you are, without lying or manipulating your image, is the only honest choice,” she said. As fans and critics continue to speculate, Eilish remains steadfast in her stance: her sexuality is her own business.