"The most common way people react is they laugh, because they think that I’m trying to be funny. They think I’m [ticcing] as, like, a funny move… And I’m always left incredibly offended by that.”
Billie Eilish is using her platform as a global pop star to highlight her own experiences and troubles.
Eilish most recently appeared on Netflix's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, diving into her experiences living with Tourette's Syndrome.
She didn't intend on opening up on the issue, yet the topic raised after a change in lighting triggered one of her ticks.
“If you film me for long enough, you’re going to see lots of tics,” she explained.
“I don’t care. It’s really weird, I haven’t talked about it at all. The most common way people react is they laugh, because they think that I’m trying to be funny. They think I’m [ticcing] as, like, a funny move… And I’m always left incredibly offended by that.
“What’s funny is so many people have it that you would never know. A couple artists came forward and said ‘I’ve actually always had Tourette’s.’ And I’m not gonna out them, because they don’t want to talk about it, but that was really interesting to me. I was like, ‘You do?! What?'”
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Letterman responded sympathetically, stating, “I hope to God what we’ve done didn’t exacerbate this."
Eilish was happy to discuss the topic however stating, “I actually really love answering questions about it because it’s very, very interesting. And I am incredibly confused by it, and I don’t get it.
“These are things you would never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me, but for me, they’re very exhausting.
“It’s not like I like it, but it’s part of me. I have made friends with it. And so now, I’m pretty confident in it.”
Eilish has recently been outspoken about a range of issues, including her secret uphill battle with COVID, as well as how being exposed to pornography at a young age has affected her.
She's currently touring across the UK for the European leg of her Happier Than Ever Tour, following a superstar performance at Coachella and Glastonbury. She is schedule to perform in Australia early next year,
i appreciate how transparent she’s being here because usually when she talks about it she’s just explaining what it is, but now we’re hearing about other peoples reactions and how they make her feel and it honestly puts everything in a new perspective https://t.co/IpTzMk7YKu— jasminE🌷ᥫ᭡ (@onadeadpIanet) May 22, 2022