Billie Eilish talks about body image issues as a teenager
Billie Eilish talks about body image issues she looked back on as a teenager.
The seven-time Grammy winner sat down for her first Vogue video cover, and in the accompanying interview, she recalled her early struggles with self-image.
Eilish said she suffered a growth plate injury in her hip when she was just 13 years old, and it ruined her dream of becoming a professional dancer.
“When I was a teenager, I hated myself and hated myself and all the crap,” she explained, “and a lot of it was because of my anger at my body and how angry I was at the pain it caused me and how defeated I was by what it had put me through.
Eilish noted that her injury came shortly before the release of her 2015 debut single ‘Ocean Eyes’, so “the music took the place of the dance”. After the lower-body injuries, he learned he had a condition called hypermobility, which meant some of his joints could bend beyond their normal range of motion.
“I felt like my body had been gaslighting me for years,” Eilish said. “I had to go through the process of my body becoming what it really is. And it’s not mine.
Watch Billie Eilish’s Vogue video interview below.
The “Bad Boy” singer has been open about her evolving relationship with her body for some time now.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2021, Eilish admitted that she “didn’t like my body”, adding: “It’s a waste to always try to look good”.
She told the publication: “When I go on stage, I have to separate myself from my ideas about my body. Especially since I wear larger clothes that are easy to wear without showing everything – they can be really unflattering. I don’t know what’s in the pictures.
She described her relationship with her body when she wasn’t on stage as “terrible”.
“I have such a terrible relationship with my body that you wouldn’t believe, so I have to disconnect myself,” she said. “Then you run out the door and take a picture of the paparazzi, and you wear whatever you want, and you don’t know that the picture was taken, and everyone looks at you and says, ‘Big! “”
Elsewhere in the Vogue interview, Eilish spoke about her passion for climate activism and praised other activists who have taken similar steps to raise awareness of the cause.
“I want to be able to make changes in my life and save the world on my own,” he said. “Growing my own food and living off the grid. Off my carbon footprint. But it all turns me off. In fact, if everyone did only half of what they should do, we could solve this problem.
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