Singer Billie Eilish (21, Los Angeles, California) has come out as a queer person. It was during a red carpet last Saturday, December 2, at the gala organized by Variety magazine, when she confirmed it, after conducting an interview in that same medium in which she claimed to be attracted to women and being asked about it during the event. The singer herself has assured that she did not know that her comments would be perceived as a "coming out": "I didn't know [that I was coming out], but I thought... Wasn't it obvious?" the singer told Variety during the event. "I didn't realize people didn't know," he added.
In the November interview with Variety, the singer said, "I'm physically attracted to [women]. But I'm also intimidated by her beauty and her presence." During her red carpet appearance, Eilish joked, "I'm still scared [of women], but I think they're gorgeous." Upon seeing the item, the artist laughingly commented, "Ah, I guess I came out of the closet today! Honestly, I don't believe much in those things. I ask myself, 'Why can't we just exist?' I just never mentioned it." Although the news may have come as a surprise to some, as Billie Eilish has had stable relationships – at least those that have transcended the media – with men, the artist was happy and almost enthusiastic when talking about her identity: "It's exciting for me because I guess people didn't know about it, so it's good for them to know. Let the girls know!" she joked.
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At just 21 years old, Eilish has already made headlines for her romantic relationships, although the singer has tried to be as private as possible with her private life. One of the occasions in which she spoke most naturally about one of her relationships was in the documentary The World Is a Little Blurry (Apple TV), directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue), and which narrates the meteoric rise of the young singer-songwriter under the intimate gaze of the director, who traces Eilish's career since she was 17 years old. when she released her single Ocean Eyes, until the release of her 2019 album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In this documentary, she talked about Q, the nickname by which Eilish refers to fellow musician (although less successful) Brandon Quention Adams. Q appears at various points in the documentary as the artist's partner, although at some point in the four years covered by the documentary, they break off the relationship. She opens up about her story: "I just wasn't happy. I didn't want the same things he wanted. And I think that wasn't fair to him," Eilish explained, acknowledging that she was in a relationship where one didn't care about the things that mattered to the other: "And that's not fair to anybody. There was a huge lack of effort. And I was like, 'Man, you don't have enough love to love yourself... So you can't love me."
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Between 2021 and 2022, Eilish dated actor Matthew Vorce, and towards the end of 2022 she began a relationship with American singer Jesse Rutherford (Newbury Park, California, 32), leader of the band The Neighbourhood. Rutheford has been Eilish's most public relationship, as they posed on red carpets and at various events in front of the media. In May 2023, the US media outlet Page Six announced their breakup, although it described it as "amicable". "We can confirm that Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford have parted ways amicably and remain good friends," the singer's rep confirmed to the publication.
After this breakup, Eilish has been the source of a series of rumors that linked her to other people. However, it was she herself who decided to write a message via Instagram Stories about her love life: "I literally can't be more single right now." She has not been linked to anyone again.
Since rising to fame in 2016 — at the age of 14 — with her single Ocean Eyes, Billie Eilish has completely broken with the classic pop star profile that the music industry was accustomed to. She has never hesitated to speak openly about her battle with anxiety and depression, to speak naturally about her Tourette's syndrome or the dark side of fame, both in interviews and through the lyrics of her songs. She also makes use of her own social networks to combat the rumors that the press often publishes about her or her close environment. Perhaps it has been this way of being present in the pop imaginary that has made her one of the great icons of generation Z (those born between the mid-nineties and 2010).