She is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now, but Billie Eilish was forced to issue an apologetic statement last night concerning an old video that had resurfaced.
The video, filmed when the now-19-year-old was '13 or 14', sees the youngster lip-synching along to the Tyler, the Creator song 'Fish' from 2011. In it, Tyler raps a racist slur most commonly used against the Asian community.
Eilish is also seen speaking in what she calls a 'silly gibberish made-up voice' that she denies was in any way intended as a slur against any ethnic community.
The video surfaced on Tik Tok at the end of last week, but it's not clear who uploaded it.
She posted the statement on her Instagram stories last night, which you can read in full below.
"I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. And this is something that 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 and used against members of the Asian community. I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word. This song was the only time I'd ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.
The other video in that edited clip is me 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 absolute gibberish and just me goofing around, and 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.
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 labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it. I not only believe in, but have always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality.
We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning. I hear you and I love you. Thank you for taking the time to read this."
Her new album 'Happier Than Ever' is released next month.