Billie Eilish has given one hell of an honest interview about her body image, especially as a person who is frequently in the headlines and watched like a hawk by the public.
Eilish spoke to The Guardian about her new album, Happier Than Ever, touching on topics such as the relationship she has with her body, as well as the story behind certain lyrics.
For too long now, Eilish has faced a barrage of dipshits on the internet who take it upon themselves to body shame the teenager. The artist is constantly criticised for either a) wearing too much clothes or b) too little. There really is no winning.
One track on the album includes the spoken-word ‘Not My Responsibility’, in which Eilish says: “If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it. And judge me for it. Why?”
And we’re still talking about what other people think about Billie, here.
While the 19-year-old said she is super confident in who she is, she did say that she is “obviously not happy” with her body.
“But who is?” Billie added.
And this isn’t exactly new news, because Billie has previously opened up about her disordered eating, when she would starve herself or take diet pills when she was just 12 years old.
In order to feel free on the stage when she is singing and moving about, Billie said she will “disassociate from the ideas I have of my body.”
“Especially because I wear clothes that are bigger and easier to move in without showing everything – they can be really unflattering,” she continued.
“In pictures, they look like I don’t even know what. I just completely separate the two. Because I have such a terrible relationship with my body, like you would not believe, so I just have to dissociate.”
And then there are the paparazzi pictures, which Billie said are taken when she’s doing everyday things. She’s not posing, you know? She’s literally running out the door or getting out of a car.
“You just look how you look, everyone’s like, ‘Fat!'” she said.
Asked about how weird it must be to have her body scrutinised by millions, Billie agreed. She questioned why anybody even cares about bodies that much, which is honestly a very, very good question.
“We only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive,” Billie said.
“It’s ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?”
You can read Billie’s full interview with The Guardian right here.
Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish is available now, wherever you listen to your tunes.