Story at a glance

  • Billie Eilish apologized after a video of her mouthing an anti-Asian slur surfaced.
  • Eilish said she was 13 or 14 in the video and mouthing along to the song “Fish” by Tyler, the Creator.
  • The 19-year-old Grammy-winning singer said she didn’t know it was a “derogatory term” at the time.

Billie Eilish has apologized after a video that shows her mouthing a racist slur came to light. 

In the video, which the 19-year-old Grammy-winning singer said was recorded when she was 13 or 14, Eilish seems to mouth an anti-Asian slur as she sings along to the Tyler, the Creator song “Fish,” before speaking gibberish, which some people online said appeared to mock Asian accents.

Eilish issued an apology via an Instagram story late Monday night.


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"I mouthed a word from a song that at the time I didn't know was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community. I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word," Eilish wrote.

In regards to the second part of the video, Eilish said she was speaking gibberish, a made-up language she used to use with pets, friends and family.

"Regardless of how it was interpreted, I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others,” Eilish wrote, “and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it."


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Published on Jun 22, 2021