Billie Eilish says she sees her body as her ‘ugly friend’

Billie Eilish says she sees her body as her ‘ugly friend’

Billie Eilish says she sees her body as her ‘ugly friend’

  • Billie Eilish opened up about body image during a recent interview with The Times.
  • She described her relationship with her body as “a really terrible, terrible thing”.
  • “I kind of think of my body as my friend. My ugly friend! It’s complicated,” she continued.

Billie Eilish described her body as an “ugly friend” during a recent interview with British newspaper The Times.

When asked where she is in her body image journey, the 20-year-old Grammy winner replied, “Nowhere right.”

“My relationship with my body has been really terrible, terrible since I was 11,” she said.

“I love that my body is mine and it’s with me everywhere,” she continued. “I see my body as my friend. My ugly friend! It’s complicated. But what are you going to do?”

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Billie Eilish photographed at age 15 in 2017.

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Eilish rose to fame at age 15 when her debut single “Ocean Eyes” went viral on SoundCloud. She quickly became known for her oversized, androgynous fashion sense.

She has since revealed that she started wearing baggy clothes because she “hats” her body and never felt “physically wanted.”

“Being known for one thing from the beginning of your career — she wears baggy clothes and she sings like that — drove me crazy,” she told The Times.

Feeling ‘trapped’ by her public personality, Eilish dyed her hair platinum blonde and wore a form-fitting corset on the cover of British Vogue while promoting her second album ‘Happier Than Ever’ in 2021.

“Whatever you do is wrong and right,” she said. “If you wear baggy clothes, no one is attracted to me. I feel incredibly unattractive and unsexy and not beautiful, and people are ashamed of you for not being feminine enough.”

“Then you wear something more revealing and they say, ‘You’re such a fat cow whore,'” she continued. “I’m a slut and I’m a sold-out and I’m just like any other celebrity selling their bodies, and woah! What the hell do you want? It’s a crazy world for women and women in the public eye.”

Eilish also said that, in retrospect, her adopted aesthetic for “Happier Than Ever” doesn’t feel authentic.

“I’m like, ‘Don’t know who that is, but that’s not me!’ I didn’t have time to think. I just decided who I was. I just became that vibe,” she explained. “And I don’t know if that was necessarily what I really felt. I just grabbed on to everything.”