Billie Eilish Opens Up About Female Friendships And Sexuality In New Interview With Variety

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Grammy winning alternative pop star Billie Eilish spoke to Variety for their “Power of Women” series. The conversation comes months after her groundbreaking music career gave way to her recent single “What Was I Made For?” for Greta Gerwig‘s critically acclaimed “Barbie.” The film and song continue to start important conversations on gender equity and intersectional womanhood.

Eilish opened the interview by saying that “being a woman is just such a war, forever.” The singer went on to open up more about her personal friendships with women and her sexuality more than she had previously, given her abrupt rise to fame at 13 years old for her single “Ocean Eyes.” She reflected upon being thrust into the public eye so aggressively and coming to terms with young adulthood in the spotlight.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: Billie Eilish attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)


The singer expressed that she often feels intimidated by women, and that she additionally feels physical attraction towards women. “I’ve never really felt like I could relate to girls very well,” said Eilish.

“I love them so much. I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real…. 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.”

Eilish went on to explain how her popular song’s role in “Barbie” has changed her relationship with womanhood. “What Was I Made For?” was spliced together with a scene from the film in which a montage of memories of all of the real women on the film’s crew play, and on TikTok, a heartwarming trend of women playing their own montages of their families and friends boosted a number of viral videos.


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Fans of the singer felt happy to see Eilish expressing herself so sincerely in public. She has previously described being stalked and harassed online, which in part led to difficult mental health troubles.

Others were excited at the singer hinting at her potential bisexuality, finding that it would make some of her songs that much more relatable to them.

While Eilish has never publicly confirmed her sexuality, the singer most recently ended a relationship with the Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford. The relationship previously courted controversy due to Eilish and Rutherford’s vast age gap. The singer was recently seen leaving a Halloween party alongside Rutherford’s longtime ex girlfriend model Devon Lee Carlson, and the internet is loving the pair’s newfound friendship.


Eilish is yet to speak further on her recent comments.

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