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Billie Eilish still feels hurt by body-shaming comments, even though she frequently shuts them.
In a new interview with British Vogue, the 21-year-old singer of “Happier Than Ever” opened up about her struggles with constant criticism.
“Dude, I don’t even know. It’s tough, man,” she stated to the outlet. “Honestly, nobody can say anything about my body that I don’t have a stronger opinion about … I also think that if I was younger, like if the internet talked about me the way they do now when I was like 11, I don’t think I would be able to exist, to be honest,” she adds.
“I like myself more than I used to, and I’m more interested in how I feel than how they feel,” comments Eilish on the social media trolls she encounters. “But then also that might be a load of bulls— because it still hurts my feelings like a sonabitch.”
The Grammy award winner has come to terms with the fact online criticism will probably never cease. Nevertheless, she has found ways to manage and calm herself, such as taking baths, playing mobile phone games, and spending time with loved ones and pets. Eilish says all of that “makes me feel really good.”
“But it’s really hard, you know?”she admitted. “I’ve had a rough time, TBH, and I’m still figuring it out. But it’s definitely a weird life; I’ll say that.”
The “Bad Guy” singer discussed with the fashion outlet her journey towards self-acceptance despite facing difficulties whilst growing up.
“Going through my teenage years of hating myself and all that stupid s—,” she began, “a lot of it came from my anger towards my body, and how mad I was at how much pain it’s caused me, and what I’ve lost because of things that happened to it.”
“I felt like my body was gaslighting me for years,” she admitted in January.
The Los Angeles native explained she had to overcome those feelings and move forward. Adding, she “had to go through a process of being like, my body is actually me. And it’s not out to get me.”
Back in 2019, Eilish opened up about wearing “big, baggy clothes” just to avoid as much criticism she receives about her body.
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish mentioned in a Calvin Klein ad. “I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know?”
“Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass. No one can say any of that, because they don’t know,” she added.
She also felt uneasy with her body when she was alone at home.
“There was a point last year where I was naked and I didn’t recognize my body ‘cause I hadn’t seen it in a while,” said Eilish. “I would see it sometimes and be like, ‘Whose body is that?’”
The singer added that her self-perception had gotten much better since those days. “It’s not that I like (my body) now, I just think I’m a bit more OK with it,” she said.
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