Billie Eilish Responds to Racism Accusations

"And this is something I WANT to address because I'm being labeled something that I am not."

Credit: Courtesy of Billie Eilish/Instagram

A video of Billie Eilish using a racist slur as a teen surfaced last week, prompting the singer to speak out.

In response to an edited video of her saying an offensive term in Tyler the Creator's 2011 song "Fish," the 19-year-old singer posted a statement to her Instagram Story on Monday, as reported by PEOPLE.

As a result of the clip spreading on social media, many of Billie's fans requested a response, something she has expressed her eagerness to fulfill.

"I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this," Billie started. "And this is something I WANT to address because I'm being labeled something that I am not."

"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 explained. "I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word."

"This song is the only time I'd ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family," Billie added. "Regardless of the ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry."

Billie also shows off an accent that can be interpreted by some as an attempt at mocking Asians in the video that was shared on TikTok.

In response to that, she stated that the claims she was mocking Asians with an accent were nonsense.

As the singer continued, she encouraged her fans to engage in uncomfortable discussions in order to grow.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone recently published a cover featuring Billie, who is set to unveil her sophomore album, "Happier Than Ever."

Photographed by Yana Yatsuk, the 19-year-old singer posed for a number of demure shots. Her upcoming album "Happier Than Ever" was also discussed in the feature.

The LP follows her 2019 debut, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

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