Billie Eilish Says Opening Up Tourette Syndrome Made Her More Connected With Fans
Billie Eilish opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about living with Tourette Syndrome.
The 17-year-old breakout pop star, who just released her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO, joins Ellen for an interview, which touches on the endorsements she has received from high-profile celebrities – like Paul McCartney – and her experience living with Tourette Syndrome:
"It’s something I’ve lived with my whole life. I just never said anything about it because I didn’t want that to define who I was. I didn’t want to be ‘the artist with Tourettes’."
Billie continues: "I also learned that a lot of my fans have it and it makes me feel kinda more at home with saying it."
In a clip from the show, Ellen also talks with the singer about her Justin Bieber fandom and teases that she will meet him "someday." Eilish looks very excited about possibly meeting Bieber, and Ellen almost makes it seem like he’s going to come out from behind the scenes at any moment.
Also during her appearance, Billie performs her song "when the party’s over" off of her new album. You can check Billie’s full appearance on Ellen today on NBC.
Meanwhile, Billie launched her own weekend-long museum exhibit last Friday in honor of the release of WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? The experience was held in downtown Los Angeles and featured 14 immersive rooms inspired by every single track off her album.
"Six or so months ago I came to my team with the idea to basically create a museum for ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,’" Eilish posted on Instagram. "I wanted to create a space in which I could really show you the way I see things. As well as let you hear the album with a good sound system and in an atmosphere that was exactly what it needed to be without anyone having to pay. I have incredibly intense synesthesia that plays a roll in every aspect of my life and is the reason I create what I create. Every room in the space is made for you to experience it the way I do. Each room has its own color, temperature, smell, texture, shape, number, and texture...just as everything in my head does."