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Does Billie Eilish Have Tourette's Syndrome?

Edduin Carvajal
May 23, 2022
05:15 P.M.

Billie Eilish appeared on David Letterman's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" and opened up about the rare condition she has dealt with since childhood.


Award-winning singer Billie Eilish might be young, but she is already one of the most famous musicians globally and has been a guest on every major talk show in America.

David Letterman interviewed Eilish and her brother, record producer Finneas O'Connell, for "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" season four premiere. They talked about their music-making process and Eilish's Tourette's syndrome.

Billie Eilish on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Billie Eilish on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


Born on December 18, 2001, Eilish fell in love with music early and started writing songs with O'Connell's help at 11.

Four years later, she uploaded her debut single on SoundCloud, which attracted plenty of attention. Eilish released her debut album, "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go," in March 2019 and smashed pop charts worldwide.

Billie Eilish and Finneas on December 07, 2019 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Billie Eilish and Finneas on December 07, 2019 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

She even became the youngest female solo singer to top the UK album chart and has taken home several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

In 2020, she won five Grammys and broke the record as the youngest solo artist to win Best Album. The following year, she fulfilled every entertainer's wildest dream by hosting "Saturday Night Live."



With such an impressive music career, people have speculated about her love life. Eilish and Matthew Tyler Vorce sparked dating rumors in 2021 when they were photographed in Santa Barbara.

Vorce, an actor ten years older than Eilish, has been active in the entertainment industry since 2012 and has appeared in "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?" "Dark Hours: Typee," and "Return Home."


Although Eilish and Vorce look beautiful together, they prefer to keep the details of their relationship away from the spotlight. His Instagram account is private, and she once said her love life was off-limits.

People who didn't know about her condition would laugh at her tics.



In April 2019, Billie Eilish revealed she had Tourette's syndrome – a condition of the nervous system that causes people to have repetitive and uncontrolled tics. The "Everything I Wanted" singer only talked about it after people started making video compilations of her tics.

Eilish said her family and close friends had always known about her condition, but she didn't share it with her fans earlier because she didn't want it to define her. She added:

"My Tourette's makes easy things a lot harder. Certain things increase and/or trigger the intensity of the tics. But it's something I grew up with and I'm used to."

Eilish, diagnosed at 11, told David Letterman on his Netflix show that the people who didn't know about her condition would laugh at her tics. They commonly think she does those movements to be funny, but their unsympathetic reactions "incredibly [offends]" her.

The severity of some of Eilish's tics subsided over time, but the subtle things remaining are "very exhausting." Luckily, she doesn't experience tics while singing and moving onstage, and she is confident enough about her condition to talk about it openly. What an icon!

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