Billie Eilish Speaks on Her Sexuality: "I’ve Been in Love With Girls for My Whole Life"

Billie Eilish Speaks on Her Sexuality: "I’ve Been in Love With Girls for My Whole Life"

After her historic (second) Oscar win, Billie Eilish is officially dropping new music next month. The musician made waves at Coachella this year when she teased her latest track, "Lunch," during a surprise appearance at the festival. "I could eat that girl for lunch / And she dances on my tongue / Tastes like she might be the one," she muses on the track, which seemingly addresses her queer sexuality. As Rolling Stone's latest cover star, Billie got candid about her coming out experience while promoting her upcoming album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT.

"That song was actually part of what helped me become who I am, to be real," Billie said of "Lunch." She continued, "I wrote some of it before even doing anything with a girl, and then wrote the rest after. I’ve been in love with girls for my whole life, but I just didn’t understand — until, last year, I realized I wanted my face in a vagina. I was never planning on talking about my sexuality ever, in a million years. It's really frustrating to me that it came up."

Throughout her career, Billie has kept her love life under wraps (reminder: even public figures don't owe us a glimpse into their life, tyvm). In November 2023, she spoke about being "attracted to" and "intimidated by" women in Variety's Power of Women issue. "I love them so much. I love them as people. I'm attracted to them as people. I'm attracted to them for real," she explained. "I have deep connections with women in my life, the friends in my life, the family in my life. I'm physically attracted to them. But I'm also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence."

At Variety's Hitmakers event the following month, the "What Was I Made For?" singer revealed that she didn't have any intentions of coming out during her initial interview. "I kind of thought, 'Wasn't it obvious'? I didn't realize people didn't know. I just don't really believe in it. I'm just like, 'Why can't we just exist'? I've been doing this for a long time, and I just didn't talk about it. Whoops," she said on the red carpet.

After the event, she posted on Instagram and fired back at the publication in her 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'🥸," she wrote at the time. Since then, she's reflected on the moment and admitted that she overreacted.

In her Rolling Stone interview, she clarified, "The whole world suddenly decided who I was, and I didn't get to say anything or control any of it. Nobody should be pressured into being one thing or the other, and I think that there's a lot of wanting labels all over the place. Dude, I've known people that don’t know their sexuality, or feel comfortable with it, until they’re in their forties, fifties, sixties. It takes a while to find yourself, and I think it's really unfair, the way that the internet bullies you into talking about who you are and what you are."

"I know everybody's been thinking this about me for years and years, but I'm only figuring out myself now," Billie added. "And honestly, what I said was funny, because I really was just saying what they've all been saying."

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