Billie Eilish recalls hating her body as a teenager and overcoming her painful diagnosis


Billie Eilish is opening up about the complicated feelings she had about her body as a teenager.

During a recent interview with Vogue for her first-ever video cover, Eilish opened up about her relationship with her body and what it took to overcome the negativity associated with it. She explained that years of injuries have left her in a lot of pain and hatred towards her body.

Before breaking into the music industry with the release of “Ocean Eyes” in 2015, Eilish aspired to be a dancer. Unfortunately, a growth plate injury at age 13 forced her to re-evaluate her dreams and find a new passion.

“During my teenage years of hating myself and all that stupid bullshit, a lot of it came from my anger at my body and how angry I was at the pain it caused me and how much I lost to because of things that happened to her,” Eilish said. “I got injured right after doing ‘Ocean Eyes’, so music sort of replaced dancing.”

Billie Eilish hated her body because of the pain she felt from numerous injuries.
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BILLIE EILISH ADMITS SHE HAS A ‘TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP’ WITH HER BODY

“I felt like my body was gaslighting me for years,” she said. “I had to go through a process where I was like, my body is actually me. And it’s not to have me.”

Eilish was eventually diagnosed with hypermobility, a syndrome in which a person has joints that are too flexible, causing them to bend more than they should, which can be painful.

During the interview, Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, provided further insight into her diagnosis, saying that “things you and I could do that would help, like certain types of massage or chiropractors , might actually hurt her.”

Eilish has been diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, which means her joints are more flexible than they should be.

Eilish has been diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, which means her joints are more flexible than they should be.
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This isn’t the first time the “Bad Guy” singer has opened up about his body, as his style and body image issues continue to be a topic of interest.

In August 2021, she told the Guardian that she had a “terrible relationship with (her) body” and that she had to “disassociate herself from the ideas (that she has) of (her) body” during performances because otherwise his performance would be affected. .

“I wear bigger, easier clothes that don’t show everything — they can be really unflattering,” she said. “In the photos it looks like I don’t even know what. I completely separate the two. Because I have such a terrible relationship with my body that you wouldn’t believe it, so I just have to separate myself.”

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She also admitted that she doesn’t understand why society is obsessed with bodies, whether it’s their own or that of others. During a campaign for Calvin Klein in 2019, the singer discussed the issue further, saying society’s obsession with bodies is the inspiration behind her public image. In the video, she said the loose clothing made it so “no one can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”

The obsession with her body in particular had a profound impact on her style. She told Elle Magazine in 2019 that as a woman with larger breasts, she feels more judged when wearing a top that might show a bit of cleavage. She referenced a time someone snapped a photo of her in a tank top after getting off her tour bus, saying, “My boobs were trending on Twitter. … Every outlet wrote on my breasts.”

Eilish had to dissociate herself from her body image issues when she performed lest it affect her show.

Eilish had to dissociate herself from her body image issues when she performed lest it affect her show.
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“I was born with fucking boobs, bro. I was born with DNA that was going to give me big boobs. I was recently FaceTiming with a close friend who’s a guy, and I was wearing a tank top. He was like, ‘Ugh, put on a shirt.’ And I said, ‘I have a shirt’,” she told the outlet. “Someone with smaller breasts could wear a tank top, and I could put on exactly that tank top and be ashamed because my breasts are big. That’s stupid. It’s the same shirt.”


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