She says that she’s fully aware that opening up about abuse while stripping down for a magazine cover will lead to criticism, but she doesn’t give a fuck.
“‘You’re going to complain about being taken advantage of as a minor, but then you’re going to show your boobs?’ Yes I am, motherfucker! I’m going to because there’s no excuse,” she says to her critics.
“I used to not understand why age mattered. And, of course, you feel like that when you’re young, because you’re the oldest you’ve ever been,” Billie Eilish said.
“People forget that you can grow up and realise shit was fucked up when you were younger,” she continued.
Interestingly, the interview comes shortly after the release of Billie’s new single, ‘Your Power’ — which Billie describes as an “Open letter to people who take advantage – mostly men.”
“You can always be taken advantage of,” Billie Eilish said. “That’s a big problem in the world of domestic abuse or statutory rape – girls that were very confident and strong-willed finding themselves in situations where they’re like, ‘Oh my god, I’m the victim here?’”
“It’s so embarrassing and humiliating and demoralising to be in that position of thinking you know so much and then you realise, I’m being abused right now,” she added.
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Throughout the interview, Billie Eilish calls the media’s representations of the “classic hot girl” stereotype “really fucked me up.” Now, she wants to feel “empowered” no matter what she’s wearing.
“Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore,” she tells the magazine. “If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and fuck it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin — or not — should not take any respect away from you.”
She adds, “Don’t make me not a role model because you’re turned on by me.”
Matty Galea is the Entertainment Editor at Pedestrian who also dabbles in woo-woo stuff like astrology and crystals and has been penning horoscopes since the start of his career. He also Tweets about pop culture and astrology and posts spicy content on Instagram.