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Is Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' About Her Ex?!

Clevver News 01 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

Billie Eilish thinks it's 'ridiculous' people care about her body

Entertainment Weekly News 01 August, 2021 - 05:28pm

The 19-year-old had been discussing unflattering images of herself – and people's snap judgments on them – when a writer for the UK's Guardian newspaper told her "how weird" it was that her body was "dissected in such a way." Eilish agreed, noting human bodies – at their core – are really just eating and waste disposal machines.

"Yes! I mean, we only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop," she told the publication. "We only need them to survive. It's ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?"

And although the 19-year-old is media savvy, she told The Guardian that when she sees certain types of images on the internet, it has impacted her in negative ways.

"I see people online, looking like I've never looked," she told the paper. "And immediately I am like, 'Oh my God, how do they look like that?' I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, 'Oh God, that makes me feel really bad. And I mean, I'm very confident in who I am, and I'm very happy with my life… I'm obviously not happy with my body"

In fact, Eilish has a couple of lines in her song, "OverHeated," on her new album, Happier Than Ever, that features some lyrics that addressing unrealistic figures.

"It's completely fine to get work done – do this, do that, do what makes you feel happy," she told the newspaper. "It's just when you deny it and say, 'Oh, I got this all on my own, and if you just tried harder, you could get it.' That makes me literally furious. It is so bad for young women – and boys, too – to see that."

Opinion | Billie Eilish's new album 'Happier Than Ever' proves the 'whisper singer' critics wrong

NBC News 31 July, 2021 - 02:15pm

After putting out her first viral single in 2015, Eilish transformed pop music with her 2019 debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” which she made at home with her brother. Critics lauded the emotional transparency and the unsettling, haunting tone amid the more sugary and sweet albums that typically dominate the pop scene. She went on to shatter several records, including becoming, at 18, the youngest artist ever to win a Grammy in the top four categories. But since then, she also became one of the youngest artists to reckon with the intense scrutiny that kind of attention brings.

On “Getting Older,” the opening track of “Happier Than Ever,” which came out Friday, 19-year-old Eilish sings: “Things I once enjoyed/ Just keep me employed now.” Getting older generally isn’t easy for anyone, but throw in Eilish’s life as one of the world’s biggest pop stars and the words take on larger significance.

Indeed, throughout “Happier Than Ever,” thoughts on the isolation and stress of fame appear. “Getting Older” also mentions the “deranged” strangers who appear at her door. “NDA” tackles the cost of security and the emotional toll of being a famous teen. In the track, she even sings of a secret house she bought at 17, then dejectedly explains she’s never been able to throw a party in it. However, the most jarring ruminations on fame’s restrictions come on the track “Not My Responsibility,” a monologue taking on the constant criticism around her body and sexuality. One line in the track asks: “The body I was born with/ Is it not what you wanted?”

Since bursting on the scene as an electro-pop sensation at 13 with her song “Ocean Eyes,” Eilish has been known for being vocal around body positivity. Her choices to wear baggy clothes to reduce focus on her body have drawn both praise and criticism. Her dyed green-and-black hair has evoked similar responses. Eilish, in turn, has said being in the spotlight is a no-win situation and that women should just be themselves.

In her recent British Vogue cover story — which dominated the Twittersphere for days after its release — she decided to exchange her hair colors for blonde and her loose clothing for a corset. She explained in the story that she knew this would draw criticism, (as it did; she was quickly accused of “selling out”) but that she did it anyway because women shouldn’t be chained to any style of dress.

In her new album, the singer makes something meaningful out of her struggles with fame, judgement and criticism. Eilish paints a picture of the freedom that comes from just saying screw it, a sentiment she expresses more colorfully by ending the title track “Happier Than Ever” with “Just f---ing leave me alone.”

Maybe part of that happiness is her disproving the “whisper singer” criticism she’s faced, claiming her soft singing on her albums is evidence that she lacks vocal talent. In the banging, clanging “Happier Than Ever,” the singer showcases her voice and challenges these claims.

On Instagram, Eilish explained that this album “means the world” to her and asked her fans to “please take care of this project.” But the album seems to be a promise she’s made to take care of herself.

Sarah John is a freelance writer based in New York City. She is in her third year at NYU, majoring in psychology and minoring in French. You can follow her on Twitter @sarahmjohn_. 

Billie Eilish reveals she is 'obviously not happy with my body'

Daily Mail 31 July, 2021 - 11:03am

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Billie Eilish is 'obviously not happy' with her body.

The Everything I've Wanted hitmaker admits she is not pleased with her appearance - but she does not know many people who are so she accepts that it is how it is.

Speaking about body image to The Guardian, she said: 'I see people online, looking like I've never looked. And immediately I am like, oh my God, how do they look like that?

'I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake.'

Candid: Billie Eilish recently told the Guardian that 'I'm very confident in who I am, and I'm very happy with my life.… I'm obviously not happy with my body but who is?'; pictured Friday

The No Time To Die singer added: 'Yet I still see it and go, oh God, that makes me feel really bad. And I mean, I'm very confident in who I am, and I'm very happy with my life.… I'm obviously not happy with my body but who is?'

When she came up as a teen pop star she famously wore loose-fitted formless clothing and often hid her face behind large sunglasses. 

She added to the newspaper: 'When I'm on stage, I have to disassociate from the ideas I have of my body. '

Billie clarified: 'Especially because I wear clothes that are bigger and easier to move in without showing everything – they can be really unflattering. In pictures, they look like I don't even know what.

Then and now: When she came up as a teen pop star she famously wore loose-fitted formless clothing; pictured last February (left) and this week right

The teen pop act revealed: 'I just completely separate the two. Because I have such a terrible relationship with my body, like you would not believe, so I just have to disassociate….'

She reflected: 'Then you get a paparazzi picture taken when you were running to the door and had just put anything on, and didn't know the picture's being taken, and you just look how you look, and everyone's like: "Fat!"'

In her opinion the topic should not even be a matter for concern as 'we only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive.'

To her thinking: 'It’s ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?'

'We only need them to survive': In her opinion the topic should not even be a matter for concern as 'we only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop'

Said she: 'Why do we care about hair? Why does everybody hate body hair so much, but we literally have an enormous thing of hair on our heads, and that’s, like, cool and pretty. Like, what’s the difference?''

Billie added: 'I mean, I love hair, and I do crazy things with my hair. I’m as guilty as everybody else. But it’s so weird. If you think about it hard, you go crazy.'

During the interview she gave a piece of her mind to 'people who promote unattainable body standards' by not being forthright about their plastic surgery.

'It’s completely fine to get work done - do this, do that, do what makes you feel happy,' said the songstress.

Unfiltered: During the interview she gave a piece of her mind to 'people who promote unattainable body standards' by not being forthright about their plastic surgery

'It’s just when you deny it and say: "Oh, I got this all on my own, and if you just tried harder, you could get it." That makes me literally furious. It is so bad for young women - and boys, too - to see that.'

Some of her opinions about body image date back to her childhood when she would discuss the subject with her father Patrick O'Connell.

'Since I was a kid my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good,' she said. 

'I’ve noticed that, and it makes me so sad. If you’re always standing a certain way, walking in a certain way, and always have your hair just so…. It’s such a loss to always try to always look good. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.'

Party time: Billie posted a series of Instagram pictures this Saturday of herself with her friends at her album release party and captioned: 'this is where the real love is'

So much fun: Among the guests she posed up with were celebrities like Eric Andre

So sweet: She also uploaded several pictures of herself hugging her guests including her fellow teenage pop star Olivia Rodrigo

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