Billie Eilish may only be 17-years old, but she’s currently one of the most popular singers in the world- and showing no signs of slowing down! She first gained fame in 2016 with the release of her first single “Ocean Eyes” before putting out her debut EP Don’t Smile At Me in 2017 (at the tender age of 15, may we add). Since then, she released her first album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in 2019 to critical acclaim. So far, the singer has had seven gold and three platinum singles in the States alone. Keep reading to learn fifteen strange facts about Billie that all of her fans should know.
15 She Doesn't Want To Turn 27
Billie made a controversial comment recently when she told Rolling Stone she can't imagine living to see her thirties. Specifically, the young star said she doesn’t want to turn 27. “I’m never gonna be 27 — that’s too old,” she told the publication. Some fans found the comment insensitive given the eerie reputation of the Twenty-Seven Club, which includes stars like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
14 She Says She Hates Herself
We guess Billie is her biggest critic. The singer has admitted to having some not-so-nice feelings towards herself, despite her insanely successful stint in the music industry. "I really, really, really, really hate myself," she previously told Genius. "You can feel so unbelievably lost and horrible and like you're nothing and you're invisible for no reason at all, which is almost worse than having a reason. It's the way that my brain works."
13 Her Mom Still Does Everything For Her
Billie is barely 18, so it’s not too surprising to hear that she still relies on her parents for a lot. The singer has admitted that not only does she still live at home, but her mom helps her pack for tours and accomplish her chores, like doing her laundry. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the interviewer noted that the mother and daughter got into a small fight while packing for Billie’s upcoming tour.
12 She Ripped Off Her Fake Nails At A Concert
Billie really gave her fans something to talk about when she ripped her 2-inch long fake nails off during one of her recent concerts. She shared the aftermath on social media by posting a photo of her bloody finger. Though she said she’d had enough of acrylics after the painful incident, the singer has since been seen with a fresh manicure.
11 She’s Been Insensitive To The LGBTQ Community
When Billie released ‘Wish You Were Gay’ in 2019, many fans thought the star was coming out. However, when it became clear that she wasn’t, the singer was accused of queer-bating and using the LGBTQ community to promote her single.
Speaking to Pop Buzz, Billie responded by saying, " I want to be so clear that it's so not supposed to be an insult. I feel like it's been a little bit misinterpreted. I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive." She added the song was supposed to be taken as a “joke.”
10 She Admits To Struggling With Mental Health
Billie has been open about her struggles with mental health and in the process, she’s also been accused of glorifying depression. "Depression has controlled sort of everything in my life … I've kind of always been a melancholy person," she said during an interview with Beats 1. "I feel like there are some people that, neutrally, they're happy.”
9 She Hates Going On Tour
Given how she practically became famous overnight, many fans assume Billie is living the dream. But the star has been open about her dislike for being on the road (even though her parents and brother accompany her). “It’s annoying,” she told Rolling Stone. “I have this amazing thing in front of me, and I don’t want to hate it. And I don’t hate it. But I hate certain parts of it.”
8 She Didn’t Mean To Become Famous
Interestingly, Billie never intended her first single ‘Ocean Eyes’ to become a hit. She and her older brother Finneas wrote the song for her dance teacher, who wanted to choreograph something to it. But when the siblings uploaded the song to SoundCloud, it went viral overnight. She even had a billion streams on Spotify before her first album came out.
7 Her Brother Writes Most Of Her Music
Billie likely wouldn’t’ be where she is today without the help of her 22-year old brother Finneas, who’s written and produced the majority of her work. Despite seemingly living in her shadow, Finneas has only had positive things to say about his little sister.
"I've loved every minute I have [so far] spent recording, writing, and playing with my sister," he previously told Paper magazine. "She's so talented it blows my mind. She's taught me so much about how to be a true artist, and how to execute your vision and really be an incredible performer."
6 Fans Show Up To Her Childhood Home
A while back, the singer’s address was leaked online. As a result, overly enthusiastic fans began showing up at Billie’s childhood home, which has understandably left her shaken. “It was really traumatizing,” she told Rolling Stone of the incident. “I completely don’t feel safe in my house anymore, which sucks. I love my house."
5 She Says That She Hates Smiling
Don’t ever expect to see a photo of Billie flashing her pearly whites, as the teenager has admitted that she hates smiling. "I hate smiling. It makes me feel weak and powerless and small," she told Harper's Bazaar in 2017. "I've always been like that; I don't smile in any pictures. If you look at my Instagram, I have a resting [brat] face and I guess I just look sad all the time."
4 She Struggles With Night Terrors
Despite being a horror movie buff, Billie says she’s had to slow it down because she started getting realistic nightmares. “I actually had to stop watching horror movies, because everything started flipping me out,” she told Rolling Stone. “I saw creatures outside my windows. I had sleep paralysis. I’m done with the fake [stuff] — real life is way too scary.”
3 And She Also Has Tourette Syndrome
Billie has become more open about her struggle with Tourette Syndrome, which causes her to have repetitive and often random tics. "I've taught myself ways of suppressing my tics and certain techniques to help [reduce] them when I don't want to be distracting in certain situations," she once revealed online of her condition. "Wasn't planning on talking about this on here maybe ever, but it's gotten to a point."
2 She Trained To Be A Professional Dancer
Billie originally didn’t think she’d become a musician. Rather, she used to train as a professional dancer and only wrote songs to accompany her choreography. "I ended up being injured and wasn't able to dance for a long time," she has said of why she quit dancing, Nicki Swift reports. "So after all that has happened with our music this year, it is especially exciting to be able to do this video."
1 She Wants To Scare People With Her Music
Billie definitely has a strange aesthetic, and from the sounds of it, the singer is hoping to become even more bizarre. In fact, she hopes her music will scare her fans. "I just love the idea of glorifying people's biggest fears,” she has said, Nicki Swift reports. “You know, people are freaked out by needles, people are freaked out by things under the bed … I just really wanted something that's going to kind of make you jump a little bit."
Sources: Rolling Stone, Nicki Swift, Genius, Paper Magazine, Harper's Bazaar