Billy Mania! Tonight, superstar Billie Eilish (20) performs at Zurich’s Hallenstadion. The American singer (“Bad Guy”) is currently touring Europe as part of her “Happier Than Ever” tour. SonntagsBlick explains the most important and surprising ten facts about the extraordinary Californian artist.
1. Self-made star
Billie Eilish was noticed early on for her singing talent. She joined the local church choir when she was eight and started writing her own songs when she was eleven. In the fall of 2015, Eilish released her first song “Ocean Eyes” on the Soundcloud platform. The track turned out to be a surprise hit, garnering countless clicks and making the singer an overnight star.
2. Sibling Duo
Billie Eilish’s main collaborator is her brother Finneas O’Connell. Known as Finneas as a successful music producer, he has produced all of his sister’s songs till date. The two recorded Eilish’s debut album at their parents’ home in Los Angeles.
3. Tourette’s disease
Billie Eilish suffers from Tourette syndrome. Announcing her illness helped her better connect with her fans, Eilish explained in an interview with talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres (64): “I found out that a lot of my fans have Tourette’s and it gave me a sense of connection with them ».
4. Taboo songs
One of the recipes for success of the young American, who says she does not like to laugh, is that she sings about taboo subjects. In her songs she addresses Tourette’s disease, depression and suicidal thoughts. Eilish strikes a chord with an entire generation with her bleak, morbid sound.
5. Confidential Data
On her song “NDA,” the “Bad Boy” singer, whose real name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, sings about her secret relationship. She has the men she dates sign a non-disclosure agreement.
6. Record Breaker
Billie Eilish won five Grammy Awards in 2020, setting a new record: At age 18, in her first year of nomination, she was the youngest person to date in the four main categories “Best Album”, “Best Recording”, Honored “Best Song’ and ‘Best Newcomer’. It also received the Grammy for Best Pop Album. In June 2021, Eilish, who previously only appeared in XXL dresses, graced the cover of British Vogue in lingerie, breaking her own Instagram record. The photo garnered more than ten million likes in just six minutes.
7. Special pet
Billie Eilish lives with her parents in Northeast Los Angeles. He has three pets: a dog, a cat and a tarantula. Eilish: “I always do what scares me.”
8. Passionate vegan
Billie Eilish grew up vegetarian and has been vegan since 2014 – out of love for animals, she says. In 2019, Eilish released a video about the climate crisis with Hollywood star Woody Harrelson (60), in which she encouraged her fans to go vegan for the sake of the planet. “We must do everything we can to live more environmentally friendly lives, such as eliminating meat and dairy products from the diet and reducing the use of plastic.”
9. Big Bieber fan
Billie Eilish was madly in love with pop star Justin Bieber (28) when she was twelve. “He was my first love. In my mind, he was also in love with me,” the singer told US radio station KROQ. The two pop stars finally met at Coachella Festival in 2019 and re-recorded Eilish’s hit “Bad Guy” together that same year.
10. She sleeps in her parents’ bed
In the documentary ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry’, the singer reveals that she prefers to sleep in bed with her parents. “This is my parents’ bed. I’m falling asleep here because I’m afraid of the monsters in my room.” The singer had trouble sleeping since childhood and often had nightmares. So she mostly slept with her parents until she was eleven. “I couldn’t sleep alone. If I woke up and my parents were in bed with the lights off, I would scream until they got to the door.”