Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas walks back on tone-deaf advice to young creatives

'I’m sorry to anyone I disappointed or offended.'

Feb 26, 2020, 11:26 am*

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Alexandra Samuels 

Alexandra Samuels

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Finneas, Billie Eilish’s producer and brother, apologized on Twitter after he received backlash for the, er, advice he gave to young creatives. 

Over the weekend, the 22-year-old said on Twitter that, “‘shooting your shot’ is promoted widely and I think honestly, it’s a little underrated.”

“Work super hard alone or with your closest friends,” he continued. “Make shit so good it speaks for itself. Don’t pester people to work with you, let them come to you.” 

Of course, people on Twitter flamed Finneas for being oblivious to the benefits of his own privilege. Many noted that he and his sister have a mom who works in the music industry and is also a professional actor. 

“Kinda privileged, the idea that people will come to you,” one user wrote under the since-deleted tweet.

As MTV reports, Finneas initially tried to defend his remarks. 

“During my life time, our parents were never able to fully financially support us off their work as actors,” he wrote in another now-deleted tweet. “Our dad worked 12 hour days 7 days a week as a construction worker for Mattel and our mom was a teacher. Our parents gave us love but knew no one in the record industry.”

Now it appears Finneas is fully walking back on his initial claims.

“Deleted that tweet because it became clear to me that it came from a place of privilege and arrogance on my part,” Finneas tweeted. “I’m sorry to anyone I disappointed or offended. I appreciate those who called me out on it, thank you for holding me accountable.” 

The siblings have been the talk of the music industry after Eilish swept the “Big Four” categories at this year’s Grammy Awards. Finneas has become a star in his own right; he has a burgeoning solo career and has written songs for singers including Hasley and Camilla Cabello, MTV reports. 

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2020, 11:26 am