Billie Eilish has continued to open up about her sexuality journey.

In November 2023, the Academy Award-winning singer told Variety that she’s “physically attracted” to women, resulting in speculation online as to whether it was her official ‘coming out’ moment.

On the red carpet of the same publication’s Hitmakers event in LA, Eilish was asked if she intended to come out in the interview, to which she responded: “No, I didn’t, but I kinda thought… Wasn’t it obvious?

“I just didn’t realise people didn’t know.” 

Eilish also criticised the notion that a person has to ‘come out’ as queer: 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. 

“But I was like, I saw all the articles and was like, ‘Oh, I guess I came out today… okay, cool.'”

In her new cover story for Rolling Stone, Eilish continued to discuss her sexuality as she reflected on the meaning of ‘Lunch’, a track that will be included on her upcoming album Hit Me Hard and Soft. 

According to the publication, the song is a “sexy, bass-heavy banger where Eilish is crushing on a girl so hard she likens sex with her to devouring a meal”.

Eilish revealed that she “wrote some of” the song “before even doing anything with a girl. 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.”

She continued to reflect on the red carpet question at Variety’s Hitmakers event: “I was never planning on talking about my sexuality ever, in a million years. It’s really frustrating to me that it came up.”

Eilish criticised the discourse surrounding her sexuality, how the “internet bullies you into talking about who you are and what you are”: “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.”

Although Eilish explained that, if given the chance again, she wouldn’t have discussed her sexuality on the red carpet, she acknowledged that she’s “lucky enough to be in a time when I’m able to say something like that and things go OK for me. And that’s not how a lot of people’s experience is.”

The candid interview also sees the star discuss how she refuses to be “the role model for depression”, her penchant for masturbating in front of a mirror and why she’s decided to not release a single from her album.

“I don’t like singles from albums. Every single time an artist I love puts out a single without the context of the album, I’m just already prone to hating on it. I really don’t like when things are out of context,” she revealed.

“This album is like a family: I don’t want one little kid to be in the middle of the room alone.”

Hit Me Hard and Soft follows in the footsteps of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) and Happier Than Ever (2021), both of which received universal critical acclaim.

Since her sophomore release, Eilish has topped the worldwide charts with ‘What Was I Made For?’ – taken from the Barbie soundtrack – which earned her a second Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Hit Me Hard and Soft is due for release 17 May.


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