Billie Eilish has spoken about living with Tourette syndrome after revealing she had the condition last year.
The pop star initially shared her diagnosis with fans in November after a video compilation of her facial tics appeared online. “I’ve never mentioned it on the internet because nobody thinks I’m deadass,” she said at the time. “as well as the fact that I’ve just never wanted people think of Tourette’s syndrome everytime they think of me.”
In a new interview, Eilish has spoken more about the neurological disorder. “It’s confusing when someone is making a weird face gesture or throwing out their neck,” she told The Fader. “The internet hasn’t really seen the bad [tics] because I’m really good at suppressing them. The thing is, the longer you suppress them, the worse they get afterwards.”
She added: “I’m sure one day everyone will see the tic attacks that happen when I’m stressed and haven’t slept. But it could be a lot worse and it’s not, and I’m grateful for that. And you know what, it’s fucking whatever.”
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The pop star is set to release her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ later this month. The record, which is due out on March 29, will feature her latest single ‘Wish You Were Gay’.
Eilish explained the meaning behind the song last year, telling fans she had written it about “a guy that really was not interested in me.” “It made me feel horrible, so the song is called ‘Wish You Were Gay’.
“And that’s so not meant to be offensive in any way. It doesn’t mean that I wish he was like… it literally means I wish he was gay so that he didn’t like me for an actual reason, instead of the fact that he didn’t like me.”
The 17-year-old singer also recently discussed how her experiences with crippling night terrors had shaped the sound of her upcoming debut album.