Renowned Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Billie Eilish, along with her brother Finneas O’Connell, was honored with Variety’s film song of the year award for “What Was I Made For?” from the Barbie movie at the Hitmakers Brunch on Saturday. In expressing gratitude for the achievement on Instagram, Eilish emphasized that she will no longer entertain inquiries about her sexual orientation.
In response to the milestone, Eilish posted a gallery of photos from the event, stating, “I like boys and girls; leave me alone about it, please. Literally, who cares,” highlighting her frustration at being outed on a red carpet instead of discussing more significant matters.
The 21-year-old artist initially discussed her sexuality in a candid interview for Variety’s The Power of Women issue in November, where she revealed her attraction to women. Eilish expressed her love for women as individuals and her genuine attraction to them, coupled with the challenges of relating to other women and feeling intimidated by their beauty and presence.
Following the revelation, Eilish faced further questioning on the red carpet at the recent event. When asked if she had intended to come out in the Variety issue, she responded with a nonchalant “No,” expressing surprise that people didn’t already know. Eilish questioned the necessity of coming out, stating, “I just don’t really believe in it. Why can’t we just exist? I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I just didn’t talk about it. Whoops.”
Reflecting on the moment she realized she had unintentionally come out, Eilish shared her amusement, saying, “Oh… I guess… I came out today! OK cool. But it’s exciting to me because I guess people didn’t know… but it’s cool that they know.” Acknowledging her nervousness in discussing the topic, Eilish concluded with a lighthearted declaration, “But… I am for the girls!”