Billie Eilish has been spotted out in public for the first time since becoming embroiled in a racism storm over comments she made about Asian people.
The Bad Guy hitmaker looked in high spirits as she exited a photo studio towards a nearby waiting car – and was spied wearing a brightly coloured Erykah Badu x Chinatown Market outfit.
She was spotted making small talk with a security guard as she made her way to her car, before being swiftly driven away.
The sighting is the first time Billie has been seen outdoors since her was left “embarrassed and appalled” by footage that emerged on June 17th.
There were calls from fans for Billie – who topped album charts around the world in 2019 with her debut album, titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – should be “cancelled” after video clips went viral via Tik Tok.
In one video, the star was seen using a racist term to describe Chinese people, while other footage showed her appearing to mock Chinese accents.
The videos provoked an earnest apology from the star – who begged fans for forgiveness.
She wrote in a statement shared online: “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.
“This song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family.”
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.”
Billie, unfortunately, appears to be in bad company as her boyfriend, actor Matthew Tyler Vorce, was forced to take to social media himself during the same week to apologise after past homophobic and racist tweets that came back to haunt him.
Screenshots of the tweets emerged on social media as the backlash against Billie grew – with comments showing the actor being accused of using the n-word while also referring to homosexual men as ‘f**s.”
In another tweet from 2012, Matthew also took a swipe at iconic singer Adele and referred to her as a “British Miss Piggy.”
Issuing his own grovelling apology at the time, Matthew wrote via his Instagram page: “I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past.
“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.”
He continued: “I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context. 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 I 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.”