Happy Billie Eilish Day, to all who observe.
For the fourth year in a row, Vanity Fair has published a longform video interview with Billie Eilish, presenting the same set of questions to the young muso and receiving a slew of wildly different answers.
This year’s edition comes amid a huge slab of personal triumphs and setbacks for Eilish, who scooped a bunch of Grammys and saw her worldwide arena tour scrapped in the space of a few months.
The result is a candid chat that revolves around thankfulness and focus. Through the chat, Eilish takes the time to reflect on how the pandemic paused her plans for world domination, and reflects on missing out on live gigs:
The shows are the one thing I feel like I’ve ever been good at, I know that sounds stupid, but the only thing I’ve ever done that made me feel like I belonged.
The year also provided perspective, with the Therefore I Am singer recognising the “climate crisis, social injustices, all the bad things. It made me think differently. It’s not like I wasn’t aware, I just learned more.”
On the highly publicised image of Eilish (gasp) wearing a singlet outside, and the commentary it sparked:
There was the picture of me running from my car to my brother’s front door, on a 110 degree (43.3 degree Celcius) day, in a tank top, and everyone went like ‘damn, Billie got fat’, and I’m like, ‘nope, this is just how I look, you’ve just never seen it before’…
I love having kids relate to me and tell me I make them feel comfortable in their bodies. If I could do anything, I want to do that.
Then there’s Eillish reveling in the new bits – a staunch dog names Shark, a tattoo, and 16 unreleased songs – and the fact she’s still working shit out.
“You forget like, I’m literally eighteen,” she said.
“It’s funny that I’m expected to have found myself and stick with it. I’m trying different things out.”
Catch the full thing here: