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Billie Eilish Shares Candid Thoughts about Body Image in New Interview with 'The Guardian'

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Aug 24, 2021
07:30 A.M.
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Award-winning singer and songwriter Billie Eilish recently opened up about body image, saying that it makes her sad to see people always trying to look good. Scroll down to read her empowering statements.

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Acclaimed singer Billie Eilish gained prominence in 2016 after "Ocean Eyes," a song she uploaded on SoundCloud, went viral. Four years later, she dominated the 62nd Grammy Awards, winning all four general field categories.

The 19-year-old music sensation continues to shine, releasing songs after hit songs. Most recently, she delighted fans with her latest album, "Happier Than Ever," which quickly became number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Billie Eilish attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Billie Eilish attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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As she promotes her second studio album, Eilish spoke to The Guardian. She shared information about the themes of her latest music offering and opened up about her thoughts on body image, saying:

"It's such a loss to always try to always look good. It's such a loss of joy and freedom in your body."

The "Therefore I Am" hitmaker included a song in her latest album that applies to people who promote unrealistic body standards. She added that she has no issues with people going under the knife to look good.

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However, she finds it problematic when these people deny that they get cosmetic surgery and make the impression that one has to try harder to look like them. Eilish said this message is harmful to young girls and boys.

At one point, she took a pill that promised weight loss, but to no avail.

Speaking for herself, the "Bad Guy" singer said she is confident in herself and happy with her life. However, she added: "I'm obviously not happy with my body, but who is?"

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Whenever she performs on stage, Eilish would disassociate herself from the ideas she has about her body to dispel negative thoughts. She admitted she thinks the clothes she wears can be unflattering.

She also expressed frustration over society's obsession with body image. The singer has been subjected to body-shaming online after paparazzi photographs of herself circulated online.

Eilish was clad in a fitting tank top in the viral photos, which was not her usual look, as she headed out to the beach. Fans are used to seeing the singer wearing her trademark baggy clothing.

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While she admitted to having a terrible relationship with her body, the "Everything I wanted" hitmaker said she found it ridiculous that people would care so much about other people's bodies.

In an earlier interview, Eilish opened up about doing extreme dieting when she was 12 because she struggled with body image. At one point, she took a pill that promised weight loss, but to no avail.

While she continues to deal with societal pressure around body image, Eilish seems to have nothing to prove anymore regarding her talent and power as a musical artist.

In 2019, the "Bad Guy" hitmaker made history as the youngest artist to be nominated in the four main Grammy Award categories: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

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