Singer Billie Eilish took to Instagram and apologized for her old racist videos, which are going viral on social media platforms. The 19-year-old issued a statement saying that she was “appalled and embarrassed” for mouthing along to an anti-Asian slur from Tyler the Creator’s 2011 song “Fish.”
“I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. And this is something I WANT to address because I’m being labelled something that I am not, she wrote on her post.
The singer went on to write that when she mouthed the slur in “Fish,” she didn’t know it was derogatory. “this song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family,” she wrote. “regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. and for that I am sorry,” she added.
Eilish also addressed the rest of the clip, as commenters have accused her of mocking Asian and Black accents. Eilish denied that she was making fun of others, saying instead that she was “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 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,” Eilish added. “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 labelled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it.”