Billie Eilish appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s June issue.
While discussing her single “Your Power,” she spoke about the authority people give to celebrities.
“Nobody should be given the power that we’re given,” she said.
While discussing her recently released single “Your Power,” the 19-year-old Grammy winner discussed abusive relationships and the unmerited authority that comes hand-in-hand with fame.
“There’s all these people who are incredibly vulnerable and would honestly do anything you say. That’s a crazy feeling,” she said. “Nobody should be given the power that we’re given.”
Eilish went on to say that the message in “Your Power,” an acoustic ballad about abuse and unbalanced power dynamics, isn’t limited to those in the spotlight or the music industry.
“I would like people to listen to me. And not just try to figure out who I’m talking about, because it’s not about that. It’s really not at all about one person. You might think, ‘It’s because she’s in the music industry’ – no, dude. It’s everywhere,” she said.
Eilish added, “I don’t know one girl or woman who hasn’t had a weird experience, or a really bad experience. And men, too – young boys are taken advantage of constantly.”
The singer, who collaborates with her older brother Finneas O’Connell, skyrocketed to fame after the release of her debut studio album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” in 2019.
Her life seemingly changed overnight, she told Elle in 2019, explaining that outings in her Los Angeles neighborhood and quick trips to the store were no longer carefree tasks.
“When I go to the airport, I wish I could turn it off then. When I’m in the plane and two girls come and tap me on the f—ing face and take a picture of me while I’m trying to sleep. Don’t get me wrong – I love every person that gives any f—s about me. But there are lines. People forget what respect is,” she said.
The “Bad Guy” singer, who holds the record for the youngest artist to win a Grammy for album of the year, has since adjusted to the intense attention placed on her. During a February interview on the “Smartless” podcast, Eilish said she’s “digging” the aspects of fame that she “hated three years ago.”
“Fame, in general, I used to just despise it, I hated everything about it. I hated being recognized, I hated not being able to go out, I hated not being able to post a place because then people would show up at that place wherever it was because they’d figure out where it is,” she recalled.
Eilish recognized that many people “would kill” to be in her position and said she felt “stupid” for complaining about fame. Her mental health, a topic she’s spoken about in the past and incorporated into her music, also made the transition to international stardom more difficult.
“I was also forgetting that I was really, really depressed and that can make you hate almost anything,” she said.
Eilish added, “I don’t really know what changed, but I f—ing love fame. I love it. I definitely like what I’m doing with it. I feel more confident with it.”
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