Billie Eilish has typically been outspoken in addressing the body-shaming she has experienced throughout her young musical career, and now the singer-songwriter has opened up further on the trolling and shaming that she’s been subject to, especially since turning 18.
Speaking with Dazed, Eilish recalls a time in 2019 when she wore a tank top in public rather than one of her well-known baggy outfits. The image went viral, despite it being the middle of summer and 34 degrees celsius.
“I saw comments like, ‘How dare she talk about not wanting to be sexualised and wear this?!’”
She then posted a video of herself in swimmers on holiday with friends. Again came the trolls. “It was trending. There were comments like, ‘I don’t like her anymore because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a whore.’ Like, dude. I can’t win. I cannot win.”
It’s no surprise that these sorts of incidents haven’t exactly helped Eilish deal with self-images issues, but she says she’s getting better at accepting who she is. “It’s not that I like (my body) now, I just think I’m a bit more OK with it.”
In the end she has come to release that no matter how minor, any changes to her look will come with a backlash from ‘fans’. “If I wore a dress to something, I would be hated for it,” she says.
“People would be like, ‘You’ve changed, how dare you do what you’ve always rebelled against?’ I’m like, ‘I’m not rebelling against anything, really.”
“I can’t stress it enough. I’m just wearing what I wanna wear.”
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Eilish recently unveiled a video during her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? arena tour, which took aim trolls and people who use her style and clothing against her.
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“Some people hate what I wear; some people praise it; some people use it to shame others; some people use it to shame me,” she says in the video.
“Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with – is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?”