"It's something I've lived with my whole life"
Billie Eilish has spoken of living with Tourette’s Syndrome – and how relating to her fans has helped to feel “more at home with it”.
The 17-year-old acclaimed singer-songwriter is on course for a Number One album with her acclaimed debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go‘. This week, she appeared on US TV show Ellen, where she opened up about her diagnosis.
“It’s something I’ve lived with my whole life,” said Eilish. “Everybody in my family, all my friends, all the people closest to me know that I have it. It’s not anything different. I just never said anything because I didn’t want that to define who I was. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Billie Eilish, the artist with Tourette’s is on ‘Ellen”.”
“I have ways of making [the tics] go away. Normally if it’s a pre-taped thing, they cut out the questions. That’s where I let them out. There was this one interview where they didn’t tell me that they were going to cut the questions out.”
However, there was one occasion where they didn’t warn her that it would not be pre-taped and an interview was shown with her tics.
“There were tonnes of compilations where everyone was like, ‘That’s so funny that Billie did this facial expression’, when really it’s just a bunch of tics,” she continued.
Eilish added: “I’ve also learned that a lot of my fans have it, which made me feel more at home with saying it. I felt like there was a connection there. I felt like when I said that, kids were posting and being like, ‘Oh my God, I have always had this – now she has it and she’s who I can look up to with it’. “
The interview also saw Eilish discuss the “unreal” moment when Paul McCartney Facetimed her parents.
In other news, Eilish has spoken out on the glamorisation of drugs, while revealing that she’s never indulged in illegal substances. “I don’t want my friends to die any more,” she said.