What Did Billie Eilish Say? Singer Accused of Using Racial Slur, Mocking Asians

Billie Eilish is facing backlash, following a compilation video that apparently shows the musician using an Asian slur and mocking accent.

The TikTok video, which was shared by user @lcxvy on Monday, features a compilation of undated clips of the star, where she appears to use the word "c***k"—a slur against people of Chinese descent.

Eilish, 19, is also seen appearing to use a mock Asian accent, while a caption purports that her musician brother Finneas "calls her out for using a blaccent"—or speaking African-American Vernacular English.

No other context was added to the brief video, which has already been viewed thousands of times on the video-sharing platform, as well as shared on Twitter.

On Monday, the star took to her Instagram stories to issue an apology for the video, which she said had led to her "being labeled something that I am not."

Stating that the videos date back to when she was 13 or 14 years old, the singer's note read, in part: "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," she added. "Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry."

Addressing the part of the video that showed her using what were perceived to be mocking accents, Eilish said she was "speaking in a silly gibberish made up voice," something she had done since childhood.

"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," she said. "Anyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with voices my whole life."

"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," she ended her apology.

Eilish's rumored boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce recently came under fire for offensive posts that he allegedly wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

Among the historic posts—which were dated between 2011 and 2017 and shared on Twitter after pictures recently emerged of Vorce with Eilish at California's Disneyland— racist and homophobic language is used, while an insult is directed at singer Adele.

Eilish appeared to issue a subtle response to the backlash against Vorce, when she liked an Instagram post criticizing her fan base.

"The post read: "This fandom is so embarrassing sometimes like why would you go in someone's comments and say something that you literally don't even know is true and something y'all LITERALLY MADE UP, sometimes y'all are so dumb. Some of you just need to learn how to mind your business."

On Thursday, the U.K.'s Capital FM reported that Vorce, 29, had issued an apology on his now-private Instagram account.

"I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past," he reportedly wrote in an Instagram story post: "The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are. Whether it was a lyric, a quote, or just me being dumb, it does not matter."

"I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context,' the actor went on. "It is not how I was raised and it is not what I stand for.

"I shouldn't have used this language in the first place and won't use it again. I am so sorry for the hurt I have caused. I take full responsibility and continue to hold myself accountable for my actions."

Newsweek has contacted representatives for Billie Eilish, Asian Americans for Equality and Stop AAPI Hate for comment.

Update 6/22/2021: This Article was updated to include Eilish's subsequent apology on Instagram.

Billie Eilish in "racist" video controversy
Billie Eilish attends the 2021 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One stream on LiveXLive.com and broadcast on iHeartRadio’s Alternative and Rock stations nationwide on January 28, 2021. The musician has come under fire for a video allegedly showing her using racist language. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia