Billie Eilish – Career, Personal Life, Family and more

Since 2015, American singer Billie Eilish has been climbing the steps of success one by one. Propelled to the rank of star at just 14 years old, the heroine of the millennials keeps her feet on the ground and serenely continues her ascent.

Symbol of a generation, she is regularly hailed for her positions. At only 19 years old, the young committed artist expresses herself freely on social issues that are too often set aside. How to explain this surprise success that nothing seems to stop? Back to the biography of Billie Eilish, the most powerful pop star of her generation.

Biography of Billie Eilish: the construction of a young woman who dares

A childhood punctuated by art and freedom

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, better known as Billie Eilish, was born on December 18, 2001 in Los Angeles. His parents, Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, both work in the American music and film industry. His older brother, Finneas, is a singer-songwriter. It is thanks to him that Billie’s musical creations come to life. The young singer is extremely grateful for the support and freedom that her parents have always given her.

Billie Eilish and her family

Home schooling as an opening to the world

If Billie and her brother have never been to school, it is because their parents have chosen not to send them to school. Convinced of the benefits of homeschooling, they dream of offering their children the possibility of following their desires by developing their creativity. Billie therefore learns mathematics by cooking, and English by writing songs. She received a quality musical education at the Los Angeles children’s chorus and took numerous dance lessons at the Revolution dance center . Aware of the social pressure that some young people are under, she is happy not to have been educated.

Free speech on health issues

The artist faces physical and mental health problems, and she does not hide it. Affected by Tourette’s syndrome, Billie suffers from slight physical tics which she talks about freely. She also suffers from synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that accentuates the association of several senses. The artist openly tells how each element of his daily life is naturally associated with a number, a color, a shape or a texture. A peculiarity which explains the very marked visual universe of her clips, which she wanted to recreate through The Billie Eilish Experience  : a museum in which each piece is associated with a song and the way Billie perceives it.

A discography that traces the history of Billie Eilish

Don’t smile at me (2017), the musical revelation

It all started in 2015, when her dance teacher asked Billie to create the musical accompaniment for a contemporary choreography. The young dancer and her brother then arranged Ocean Eyes , a piece that Finneas had originally composed for his own band. The sweet voice of the teenager fits perfectly with the bewitching melodies of the instrumental production. Posted online to the attention of her dance teacher, the creation quickly went viral. Billie Eilish doesn’t know it yet, but her career has just started. Following the incredible success of Ocean Eyes , she put dancing aside to devote herself to music and published a few tracks, always in collaboration with her big brother. The 9 tracks of his first EP, Don’t smile at me , quickly entered the top 100 in many countries.

When we all fall asleep, where do we go? (2019), portrait of a tortured adolescence

Young star’s full-length debut album instantly jumps to number one on the chartsAmerican, as well as internationally. We discover a dark universe, both in the musical production and in the themes addressed. Billie uses sharp words and hard-hitting sounds to act out her torments, affecting a large number of teenagers. The album is recorded from a makeshift studio in Finneas’ childhood bedroom. The brother-sister tandem remains as united as it is talented and their work is amply rewarded. In 2020, Billie won the most prized awards from the Grammy Awards, a ceremony intended to honor the excellence of the American music industry. Revelation, song, recording and album of the year: at only 18 years old, Billie is already playing in the big leagues.

Billie Eilish and her Grammies

Happier than ever (2021), towards assumed happiness

Two years after the release of his first album, the teenage icon has grown up and his maturity is felt even in his music. The therapeutic aspect of his new songs is undeniable. Billie takes us on a journey towards emancipation that we listen to as we would read her diary. Accustomed to the podiums, the young woman is positioned at the top of the musical rankings of around twenty countries. His innovative album becomes the most pre-added by Apple Music users. An amateur prize was also awarded to him, saluting the richness and variety of the vocabulary used in his texts.

The struggles of Billie Eilish, a young committed artist

A sincere involvement in the fight for animal protection

A lifelong vegetarian and vegan since adolescence, Billie Eilish is committed to the fight for animal protection. Guided by the education of her parents and her love for animals, the singer believes that this fight is as beneficial for her health as for the planet. Aware of her influence with the general public, she does not hesitate to use her image to defend the animal cause during media events. In September 2021, on the occasion of the Met Gala in New York, Billie was approached by the famous house Oscar de la Renta to wear one of her creations. A proposal that the star accepts on one condition: that the brand stops selling fur. Request accepted, Billie says she is proud and honored to have been a catalyst in this regard.

Billie Eilish at the 2021 Met Gala

An awakened ecological conscience

From a young age, Billie Eilish is well aware of the climate emergency. Admiring the Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg, one year her junior, she regularly calls on her fans to mobilize for the environment. In 2019, the release of her clip All the good girls go to hell alerts us to the planetary situation. We see the singer rushed to Earth in an angel costume, finding herself stuck in an oil slick. Like the forests of the world, everything burns around her, while the artist repeats “  don’t say I didn’t warn you (don’t say I didn’t warn you). Billie also acts at her level by ensuring her own consumption as a person, but also as an artist. She makes it a point of honor that her tours pollute as little as possible.

A relationship to the body made more complex by the gaze of society

From her first successes, the young star decided to wear large colorful outfits. This look, recognizable among a thousand, is however not only a matter of style. Raised to the rank of star at just 14 years old, Billie Eilish refuses to have her teenage body sexualized. In addition, she is going through a phase of depression linked to the difficulty she experiences in seeing her body change. In 2020, she denounces body-shaming in a short film entitled Not my responsibilty. This practice aimed at criticizing the body is, according to her, the fruit of a society that is too focused on appearance. She argues that her value should not be correlated to the layers of clothing she chooses to wear or not. In June 2021, she made an appearance as noticed as commented on the cover of the famous magazine Vogue UK . Now an adult, Billie declares herself to be happier than ever and manages to accept herself as she is.

Billie Eilish on the cover of Vogue

Billie Eilish poses on the cover of Vogue UK magazine in June 2021 – © Vogue

Billie Eilish’s biography shows that the young singer is much more than an artist. It is the mirror of a youth fighting for its ideals, for a brighter future. As for his exceptional track record, it has not finished growing. Billie interprets the soundtrack of the film James Bond 007: Dying can wait, released in October 2021 in cinemas.