Billie Eilish took to Instagram yesterday to reveal that she has Tourette Syndrome. The post on her story discussed her diagnosis and the effects of the syndrome on her. Check out a screenshot of the full post below.
In the post the 16 year old singer says “I’ve never mentioned it on the internet because nobody thinks I’m deadass… as well as… the fact that I’ve never wanted people to think of Tourettes every time they think of me.” She also discussed that part of why she shared the news with her fans was due to compilation videos that show several of Eilish’s tics, but assured fans she found them “lowkey funny.”
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterised by rapid, repetitive and involuntary muscle movements and vocalisations called “tics”, and often involves behavioural difficulties.
The artist also said that she is happy to discuss the effects tourettes has on her life, telling fans “if you want to know more, I am an open book.” She explained that her tics are only physical and she has learnt ways to reduce them. “I’ve taught myself ways of supressing my tics and certain techniques to help [reduce] them”.
Billie Eilish will be back in Australia to support Florence + The Machine on their massive tour in January next year. Check out the video for her recent track “When The Party’s Over” below.