Don’t Hold Your Breath. Bebe Rexha Won’t Apologize For “Girls” Backlash

May 18, 2018 By Jordan Miller

Rita Ora apologized for the “Girls” controversy. Cardi B apologized for the “Girls” controversy. Bebe Rexha? Not so much.


Rita Ora apologized for the “Girls” controversy. Cardi B apologized for the “Girls” controversy. Bebe Rexha? Not so much.

Out singers Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko criticized “Girls,” claiming the lyrics were harmful and tone-deaf. They were under the impression that all of the ladies on the track are straight. That’s a problematic assumption.



Rita and Cardi felt the need to smooth things over (and confirm yes they’ve been with women), but I personally believe they shouldn’t have had to. Bebe Rexha feels that way, too. She opened up about the backlash to EW, and let’s just say she’s sorry not sorry.

“My sexual life is nobody’s business,” she says. “But we’re singing a song about kissing girls and that remains true to who I am. It’s the life that I live and it’s honest to me.”

Bebe also shot down the notion that the song was an attempt at controversy for the sake of amplifying her career (and even if it was what’s wrong with that? I digress…) “That would be pretty f—d-up,” she adds. “And I’d agree with where the critics are coming from [in that case]. Everybody can have their own opinion.”




“The question of whether [the song] was true to us was completely dismissed,” says Rexha. “People automatically went for the negative instead of saying: ‘Well maybe these girls do kiss girls, maybe Bebe is bi.’ You don’t know about my sexual orientation, so I felt disrespected. I’ve kissed girls, you know what I mean? And I don’t do it because it’s fun or whatever. Do you have to be fully lesbian to put out a song about kissing girls? What if you’re bi? Isn’t the point of being supportive of the LGBTQ community that you can love whoever you want and everything is fluid and non-judgmental?”

One of the main points of contention was the “red wine” lyric. It insinuated the ladies had to drink in order to want to experiment with other women. “I get it,” Rexha continued. “It’s f—-d-up. I don’t drink red wine and say, ‘I wanna kiss girls.’”

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