The singer-songwriter had written a message on her Instagram story which read: “If I am following your abuser, DM me and I will unfollow them. I will support you.”
Eilish then deleted the message a reported 30 minutes after first posting it.
However, a short while after deleting, Eilish removed all 600 followed accounts from her Instagram feed, including her brother and frequent collaborator Finneas O’Connell.
Some fans speculated that Eilish’s account may have been hacked, and others have suggested that it could be a symbolic statement about the ubiquity of abuse in the industry.
On social media, many noted that among the hundreds of people Eilish stopped following were a handful of controversial figures including Chris Brown, who was convicted in 2009 of assaulting the artist Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, and XXXTentacion, the late rapper who was reportedly recorded admitting to domestic abuse.
Screenshots of Eilish's deleted post began circulating on Twitter.
The “Bad Guy” singer currently has 64.7 million followers on Instagram. She is yet to comment publicly on the decision to unfollow everyone.
Eilish frequently uses the social media platform to post about the Black Lives Matter movement and other social and political causes.