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Billie Eilish outed. Is “coming out of the closet” still needed?

Billie Eilish outed. Is "coming out of the closet" still needed?

Image source: © billieeilish / Instagram
Weronika Paliczka,
01.12.2023 11:30

Billie Eilish expressed her dissatisfaction with how she was outed at the Variety Hitmakers Awards and criticised the magazine for doing so.

Billie Eilish kept information about her sexuality and orientation under wraps up to this day, avoiding any comments on the topic. However, at the Variety Hitmakers Awards over the weekend, a journalist asked the Oscar winner about her relationships with women, thus outing her as bisexual.

Is Billie Eilish bisexual?

In response to the question, Billie stated that she is still afraid of women but thinks they are pretty. A surprised journalist asked if this was the artist's way of coming out of the closet. The international star stated that it was obvious to her and that the idea of "coming out" made no sense.

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Billie isn’t fond of Variety’s journalist’s behaviour

The conversation with the Variety journalist annoyed Billie Eilish, who posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: "Thanks Variety for my award and for also outing me on a red carpet at 11 am instead of talking about anything else that matters. I like boys and girls; leave me alone about it. Please, literally, who cares, stream ‘What Was I Made For’."

On her Instastory, the artist added an excerpt from the interview and two photos with meaningful music recordings. One is Nicki Minaj's song "Stupid Hoe", and the other is "F-U" by Yo Gotti. Both songs clearly suggest Billie Eilish's attitude to the forced outing.

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Does outing make sense at all?

Coming out refers to the act of announcing one's sexual orientation, particularly if it is not heterosexual. This is typically done voluntarily, but there are instances where it is done under duress. One such example is Kit Connor, who came out as a result of pressure from viewers of the TV series "Heartstopper".

The "need" of declaring any orientation is questionable. Sexual or romantic preferences are such a sensitive and private matter that reporting them to the whole world should not be expected.

Source: BBC

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