Billie Eilish on fame and losing friends: “I can’t have my life exactly like this forever”

"You shouldn’t be mourning your friends every two seconds for the rest of your life. You have to keep going."

Billie Eilish has opened up about the impact of her sudden fame and the toll that touring has taken on her friendships.

Last month saw the release of Eilish’s acclaimed debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?‘ – which has made her the youngest ever female solo artist to score a UK Number One album. Now in a new interview, the 17-year-old sensation has spoken of how she and her brother and producer Finneas O’Connell are dealing with the popularity, pressure and attention.

“We can’t have this be the rest of our lives,” she told Beats 1. “We were talking about it the other day, we’re just like, “I’m 17, dude”. I can’t have my life exactly like this forever, and he can’t either. He’s just become an adult. He just got a house. He has a girlfriend and wants a dog.”

She continued: “Having been on tour, I know how it works. I know that you leave and it’s a little bit of your friends being sad. Then, you’re gone for long enough that life moves on and they keep doing things.

“It’s the same if someone dies. You have to keep going. You shouldn’t be mourning them every two seconds for the rest of your life. You have to keep going.”

This week also saw Eilish speak out to dismiss comparisons made between her and Lana Del Rey.

“Everybody’s always trying to make everybody compete,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Billie’s album might pass Ariana’s…’ But just stop. I don’t care. I don’t want to hear that Billie Eilish is the new Lana Del Rey. Do not disrespect Lana like that!

“That woman has made her brand so perfect for her whole career and shouldn’t have to hear that.” She added that she doesn’t want to the cycle to continue once another new female artist arrives on the scene either, saying: “I don’t want to hear that somebody’s the new Billie Eilish in a couple of years.”

Eilish returns to the UK to perform at Reading & Leeds Festival in August.