image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionBillie Eilish says she didn't know the word was a derogatory term
Billie Eilish has apologised after a video surfaced which appeared to show her mouthing a racist slur.
In a statement on her Instagram story, the Grammy-winning singer said she was "appalled and embarrassed" by the clip.
An edited compilation video was posted to TikTok earlier this month in which she appeared to mouth an anti-Asian slur which appeared in Tyler The Creator's 2011 song Fish.
The singer, who's now 19, was also filmed speaking in different accents.
'Appalled and embarrassed'
In her apology, the Billie said she was "13 or 14" in the videos and did not know at the time the slur was a derogatory term.
"I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word," she wrote.
"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."
image copyrightScreengrab/Billie Eilish Instagramimage captionBillie Eilish posted an apology on her Instagram Story
After the clip spread on social media, many of her fans asked for a response.
"I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. And this is something I want to address because I'm being labelled something that I am not," she said.
She also said footage of her imitating accents was her speaking in a "silly gibberish made up voice", something she's done since she was a child.
"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 added.
Rise in anti-Asian hate crimes
During the coronavirus pandemic, Asian community leaders in both the US and UK have warned against rising anti-Asian hate crimes.
US President Joe Biden has signed a law that aims to address a rising number of anti-Asian attacks.
In the UK, stars such as Gemma Chan have given their backing to a campaign raising money for the East and South East Asian (ESEA) community.
- From insults to murder – anti-Asian hate on rise
Billie said she didn't mean to cause offence and the prospect of causing people hurt "absolutely breaks my heart".
She ended her statement by writing: "I not only believe in, but have always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality.
"We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning."
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