Billie Eilish is only 21 years old and already fascinates the globe with her talent and singular titles. Known for her somewhat dark and grunge style, the American star has appeared for some time dressed in more sophisticated and feminine outfits. This was notably the case at the gala evening of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, on May 1, or, a few days earlier, at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills. But this change of style did not please everyone. Last weekend, Billie Eilish responded on Instagram to "those idiots" who criticized her for their misogynistic remarks.
What happened to him? "Oh my God, she's not the same Billie, she's like the rest, blah blah blah... ». The singer was indignant by transcribing the criticisms that were addressed to her, before responding: "You are real idiots. I can be both, you bunch of morons. Let women exist! ».
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Long considered "too masculine", Billie Eilish became known when she was only 14 years old with Ocean Eyes, then Bellyache and My Boy. At the time, she wore only loose and loose clothes, which would become her "signature style".
American singer Billie Eilish at the Coachella Valley Festival on April 15, 2023. MONICA SCHIPPER / AFP
« My anger at my body »
The interpreter recalled on the networks this weekend his journey towards the acceptance of his physique. "I spent the first five years of my career being absolutely destroyed by you because I was too masculine in the way I dressed," the young singer said on an Instagram story. "You told me I'd be sexier if I acted like a woman.»
In an interview with Vogue earlier this year, Billie Eilish revealed her painful relationship with her physical appearance. "When I was a teenager, I hated myself," she said. "A lot of it was related to the anger I had towards my own body..." Suffering from Tourette's syndrome, she had pointed out that this type of hurtful comments about her appearance would be "something I've lived with all my life."
She told the magazine that she went through "a process" to accept herself, after confessing in 2021 that her body was the main reason for her depression when she was still a teenager. The same year, Billie Eilish revealed that she had lost more than 100,000 followers on social networks after changing her look. "People cling to these memories, and develop attachment, but it's very dehumanizing," she said.
« Femininity is not synonymous with weakness »
Billie Eilish won't let "those idiots" make her lose confidence. "Now that I'm comfortable enough to wear women's outfits, I've changed and you consider me a sellout," she said on Instagram.
To silence critics, she retorted: "Did you know that a woman can be multi-faceted? It's shocking, isn't it? Believe it or not, a woman can be interested in several things at the same time." The singer takes the opportunity to convey a feminist message, stating that "femininity is not synonymous with weakness".
A committed star, Billie Eilish never misses an opportunity to fight for the issues that are important to her. In 2021, she spoke about the anti-abortion law passed in Texas, and fights against bodyshaming. On June 22, she will perform in Paris as part of a charity concert for climate and against poverty alongside Lenny Kravitz and Ben Harper.