Billie Eilish Says She's "Obviously Not Happy" with Her Body
"I see people online, looking like I've never looked. And immediately I am like, 'oh my God, how do they look like that?'"
Just like everyone else, Billie Eilish struggles with insecurity. Not your average pop star, Eilish is known to skip over sexy costumes in favor of loose-fitting clothes, and in a new interview with The Guardian, the musician got real about body image and confidence, revealing that she's not always happy with her outward appearance.
While discussing the song "OverHeated" on her new album, Billie explained that the track is directed toward people who promote unattainable beauty standards. "It's completely fine to get work done – do this, do that, do what makes you feel happy. It's just when you deny it and say, 'Oh, I got this all on my own, and if you just tried harder, you could get it.' That makes me literally furious," she said. "It is so bad for young women – and boys, too – to see that."
Speaking from her own experience, Billie added, "I see people online, looking like I've never looked. And immediately I am like, 'oh my God, how do they look like that?' I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, oh God, that makes me feel really bad."
"I'm very confident in who I am, and I'm very happy with my life…I'm obviously not happy with my body," she continued, "but who is?"
As a way to protect herself from people's negative opinions, Billie has always relied on baggy outfits to disguise her shape — especially when she's performing in front of an audience. "When I'm on stage, I have to disassociate from the ideas I have of my body," she says. "Because I wear clothes that are bigger and easier to move in without showing everything – they can be really unflattering. 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 disassociate."
She continued, "Then you get a paparazzi picture taken when you were running to the door and had just put anything on, and didn't know the picture's being taken, and you just look how you look, and everyone's like, 'Fat!'" Eilish is seemingly referring to an incident last year when she was photographed sans her baggy attire, and subsequently was body-shamed by online trolls.
"We only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive," she said, breaking it down to the brass tacks. "It's ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care?"