Billie Eilish is arguably one of the most famous people in the world right now. She continues to break records in the charts, she’s probably had to rent out extra storage space for all her awards and she’s got the support of her famous peers and millions of fans.
…But certain elements of her social media presence are reportedly “ruining her life.”
In a recent interview with BBC, Eilish was asked by presenter Louise Minchin if she “still reads everything on Instagram,” and the singer revealed her love-hate relationship with the comments section on social media.
“I stopped reading comments fully… because It was ruining my life,” she said. “Once again.”
Speaking about her recent Bond theme song, Eilish said, “It’s weird – the cooler the things you get to do are, the more people hate you.”
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“The problem is, a lot of it’s really funny,” she said. “I think that’s the issue – nobody really stops because it’s funny… It’s like, anything for a joke.”
“Say anything to make somebody laugh. I’ve experienced that – growing up, I’d say things that I thought people would laugh at, and then later I realised that wasn’t cool to say.”
During the interview, Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell chimed in, saying, “Largely, it’s a lack of accountability, I think even if it’s your own face and your profile picture and it’s your own name, everybody is much braver behind a cell phone screen than they would be if they walked down the street, you know?”
“I think you might see someone like a famous celebrity and you may think, ‘Sticks and stones, nothing I say is going to be potent to them… But it’s all very equal online.”
When Minchin said “it doesn’t matter how big a star you are, how many Grammys you’ve got, it can still hurt,” Eilish said, “It’s way worse than it’s ever been right now.”
It’s good to hear Billie Eilish can recognise the effect Instagram comments are having on her mental health and she’s taking control of the situation by refraining from reading them but it shouldn’t ever get to that point.
Billie Eilish’s comments are a healthy reminder that whether you’re meeting someone in person, or trawling their Instagram, to always treat people with kindness.
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