Billie Eilish Admitted She's "Physically Attracted" to Women — So, is She Gay?

During a 2023 interview with 'Variety,' Billie Eilish admitted, "I'm attracted to [girls] for real." Does this means she's gay? More details here.


Nov. 14 2023, Updated 4:05 p.m. ET

The Gist:

  • During a Variety interview, which was published in November 2023, Billie Eilish admitted, "I'm attracted to [girls] for real."
  • This has led people to question Billie's sexuality once again, asking questions such as "Is Billie Eilish gay?"
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After rocketing to enormous success at a young age, Billie Eilish has spent the last few years proving that she has the staying power necessary to make it as a lasting cultural force. While in the process of doing all this, Billie has also dropped songs and tidbits of information that have many eager to know more about her sexuality.

In her 2021 music video, for the song "Lost Cause", Billie throws a slumber party for a group of girls. Following the video's release, the singer posted photos from the shoot along with a caption that left some wondering whether Billie is gay. An interview with Variety in 2023 further intensified the speculation. So, is Billie Eilish gay? Here's the scoop.

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Is Billie Eilish gay?

Billie Eilish, wearing Gucci, and Odessa A'zion, wearing Gucci, attend the 2023 LACMA Art+Film Gala.
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Billie Eilish and Odessa A'zion wearing Gucci at the 2023 LACMA Art+Film Gala

In the caption below the photos of Billie with the girls she filmed the video with, Billie wrote "I love girls." Most fans of the singer had presumed that she was straight, but thanks to this provocative comment, some began wondering if she wrote the caption as a way to come out.

"If you say you straight after this ISTG," one user wrote in the comments. The post features a number of similar comments, all wondering if Billie chose this moment, during PRIDE, to come out.

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Ultimately, though, it was unclear whether Billie intended her comment to be interpreted that way. In spite of her enormous fame, the singer has always been tight-lipped about her love life.

In The World's a Little Blurry, the documentary focused on Billie's life as she rose to fame, many fans discovered that she was dating her now ex-boyfriend Brandon Quentin Adams.

"Lost Cause" is clearly a song describing Brandon, who she seems to largely describe as a bum. Although the song may be about her past relationship, the video had a somewhat perplexing effect on Billie's fans, in part because she's surrounded by women and is moving in a sensual manner. Ultimately, though, Billie has not given any concrete confirmation that she was using the video to come out.

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In 2023, Billie Eilish revealed to 'Variety' that she is "physically attracted to [women]."

Although the video for "Lost Cause" didn't exactly clear the air on whether Billie is gay, an interview with Variety was quite eye-opening, to say the least.

“I have deep connections with women in my life, the friends in my life, the family in my life,” she admitted. The singer added, “I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence.”

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The singer also shared, “I’ve never really felt like I could relate to girls very well. I love them so much. I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real.” In addition to learning more about Billie Eilish's take on women, we also learned from her Variety interview that she “never felt like a woman," the singer disclosed.

Billie also mentioned that she "never felt desirable" or "feminine." Although the "What Was I Made For?" singer did not openly state that she is coming out, she did clarify that she identifies "as ‘she/her’ and things like that, but I’ve never really felt like a girl.”

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Some have accused Billie of queerbaiting.

Although there's been plenty of speculation about Billie's sexuality, there's also been some discussion around the possibility that "Lost Cause" is an example of queerbaiting. Queerbaiting is used to describe the practice of acting sexual with members of your own gender in order to draw a bigger audience. It may seem unlikely that Billie would do something so carefully calculated, but fans haven't dismissed the idea entirely.

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Billie also came under fire for queerbaiting for "Wish You Were Gay," a song from her last album. She eventually apologized following that controversy and has since worked hard to prove that she is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Although Billie may be dropping hints about her own sexuality, it's also possible that she's not, and she was describing her love for girls in purely platonic terms.

Whatever winds up being the case, the speculation around every aspect of Billie's life isn't likely to die down any time soon. Whether she's interested in sharing that side of herself with her fans or not, fans are definitely going to be interested in what's going on with her. Billie is a superstar, and that's one of the prices she had to pay for her massive celebrity.

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