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Billie Eilish says she’s ‘tired’ as she shares new selfie amid queerbaiting controversy

Billie Eilish shared a new selfie on Sunday amid accusations she’s queerbaiting her fans.

In her latest snap the 19-year-old singer declares ‘i’m tireeeddddddd’ as she sits in a car wearing an argyle sweater. She shoots a sultry look at the camera as she displays her tousled platinum blonde locks. 

It comes after Eilish shared some behind-the-scenes photos from her new video Lost Cause which she captioned ‘i love girls’, leading some fans to speculate that she is trying to appear as though she’s on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. 

‘Tired: Billie Eilish shared this selfie on Sunday amid accusations that she’s been queerbaiting her fans

The photos show the Bad Guy hitmaker frolicking with her female pals at a party while wearing T-shirts and skimpy shorts as well as silky pajama sets.

The songstress puts on a provocative display sticking her tongue out and getting touchy feely with her friends.

The video dropped earlier this month but it was Eilish’s ‘i love girls’ caption last week that caused confusion amongst her fans with many speaking out in the comments section of the post. 

A TikTok user with the handle Wap.Lover uploaded a message in which she penned: ‘Acting sexual with girls to draw in more audience is gross.’ 

Confusing: It comes after Eilish shared some behind-the-scenes photos from her new video Lost Cause which she captioned 'i love girls', leading some fans to speculate that she is trying to appear as though she's on the LGBTQ+ spectrum

Confusing: It comes after Eilish shared some behind-the-scenes photos from her new video Lost Cause which she captioned ‘i love girls’, leading some fans to speculate that she is trying to appear as though she’s on the LGBTQ+ spectrum

'I love girls': The photos show the Bad Guy hitmaker frolicking with her female pals at a party while wearing T-shirts and skimpy shorts as well as silky pajama sets

‘I love girls’: The photos show the Bad Guy hitmaker frolicking with her female pals at a party while wearing T-shirts and skimpy shorts as well as silky pajama sets 

Some music lovers suggested Eilish might be coming out in the post and others praised her video saying she looked ‘confident’ and ‘stunning as ever’.

Despite the praise, others were a little uneasy about it and wrote: ‘Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting.’

And another added: ‘Bye I literally cannot. It’s like if she’s coming out good for her but if she claims to be straight after this, bestie it’s queer baiting sorry…’ 

While a third put: ‘I really hope this isn’t queer baiting’. 

Eilish has recently been romantically linked to actor Matthew Tyler Vorce and is yet to speak publicly about her sexual orientation.

Girl gang: Billie is seen enjoying a slumber party with her pals in the racy video to her new song

Girl gang: Billie is seen enjoying a slumber party with her pals in the racy video to her new song

Eilish has recently been romantically linked to actor Matthew Tyler Vorce and is yet to speak publicly about her sexual orientation. She is seen here with Matthew on June 11

Eilish has recently been romantically linked to actor Matthew Tyler Vorce and is yet to speak publicly about her sexual orientation. She is seen here with Matthew on June 11

Elsewhere in the comments section, Eilish’s fans debated whether she was using the post and caption to discuss her sexuality.

One person replied: ‘Wait wait wait, is this a come out??????’

‘Uhm this better be you coming out cause I’ve been simping [crushing] my whole life’, wrote another. 

Urban Dictionary defines queerbaiting as: ‘A marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it.’

Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer at GLAAD, added to the idea saying it can sometimes also be called ‘gaybaiting’.

Reaction: Despite many music lovers praising her snaps, others were a little uneasy with one writing: 'Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting'

Reaction: Despite many music lovers praising her snaps, others were a little uneasy with one writing: ‘Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting’

They told the Yahoo Life: ‘We often see it from brands or talent who are trying to market products or projects to the community and have a goal not to create change, but to profit from LGBTQ dollars.’

Other celebrities have been accused of queerbaiting including Nick Jonas, Rita Ora after the release of song Girls, with her later coming out as bisexual, and Ariana Grande, after the release of her song Monopoly in 2019, reports the BBC. 

Track Lost Cause will feature on Billie’s upcoming album Happier Than Ever, which is set for release later in 2021.

Happier Than Ever’s first single, entitled My Future, was released last July and went on to debut at the number six spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

'Is this a come out?' Others thought Billie was coming out with her Instagram post

‘Is this a come out?’ Others thought Billie was coming out with her Instagram post

Coming soon: Track Lost Cause will feature on Billie's upcoming album Happier Than Ever, which is set for release on July 30th (pictured in another scene from the video)

Coming soon: Track Lost Cause will feature on Billie’s upcoming album Happier Than Ever, which is set for release on July 30th (pictured in another scene from the video)

Switching around: The hitmaker donned several outfits in the photos, including a velvet dress and a matching button-up shirt

Switching around: The hitmaker donned several outfits in the photos, including a velvet dress and a matching button-up shirt

Therefore I Am, the second single, made its debut in November and quickly jumped from the low 90’s to the number two position on the listing.

In April, Eilish made an announcement regarding the album’s title, and billboards promoting the upcoming release began to appear in various cities.

That same month, her third single, Your Power, hit the airwaves and was met with critical acclaim, with its music video receiving much attention for its content.

Lost Cause was announced earlier this month, and its own visuals were also made public the day of the song’s release.

Happier Than Ever includes 16 new tracks and will be released on July 30th. 

What is queerbaiting? 

Urban Dictionary defines queerbaiting as: ‘A marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it.’

The term is also used regarding the music industry when artists seem to use their sexuality or hint at it to attract fans, without disclosing their sexuality.

Singers who have been accused of queerbaiting previously include Rita Ora, after releasing her song Girls, and Ariana Grande after releasing Monopoly. 

Recently, actress Dove Cameron revealed part of the reason she came out as bisexual was because fans thought she was engaging in queerbaiting. 

TV shows have also faced accusations of queerbaiting, with viewers of The 100 and  Supernatural previously debating characters, reports the BBC.

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