Billie Eilish’s boyfriend, 29-year-old writer / actor Matthew Tyler Vorce, faced backlash this week after some of her old Facebook posts resurfaced online.
Posted by Eilish fans on social media, these screenshot posts included racist and homophobic slurs and offensive comments about women. However, it was not clear at the time whether they were real or fake. Now Vorce has confirmed the posts are genuine and has shared a public apology on Instagram.
“I want to apologize for the things I’ve written on social media in the past,” Vorce wrote on Instagram Stories. “The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive these words are.”
“I am ashamed and deeply sorry to have used them in any context. This is not how I was brought up and it is not what I stand for. I shouldn’t have used this language in the first place and I won’t be using it again. I am very sorry for the harm I have caused.
Vorce also locked down his Instagram account, responding to the widespread criticism he faced from Eilish fans, both because of his past Facebook posts and because some fans disapprove of the age gap of Eilish. 10 years between him and Eilish.
Vorce and Eilish haven’t spoken publicly about their relationship, but rumors have it that they’ve been dating for a few months. Eilish also did not comment on the controversy surrounding Vorce’s Facebook posts.
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* First published: June 18, 2021, 10:14 a.m. CDT
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