Billie Eilish apologized after a video surfaced appearing to show the American singer mouthing a racial slur and putting on accents.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the multiple Grammy Award winner said she was “appalled and embarrassed” by the edit, which she said was from when she was 13 or 14 years old and in which she can be seen mouthing the slur.
Eilish, now 19, said, “I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word.”
She added, “This song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.”
A compilation video shared on TikTok also showed another clip which Eilish said was her speaking in a “silly gibberish made up voice,” something she said she had done since childhood when talking to “pets, friends, and family.”