If you’re a fan of Billie Eilish, then you’ve probably already noticed that she rarely ever shows off her body to the public. Well, that’s why fans were pretty shook when the singer was photographed wearing a tight tank top and short on October 12, 2020. And although many fans were proud of her for putting her curves on display, when some people started to body-shame her online, the musician was definitely not happy.
“Do you really wanna go back in time?” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot from a previous video she had posted, addressing people who talked about her body.
She Stripped Down To Send A Powerful Message
In the clip (which was originally used as an interlude during her concerts, and was later uploaded to YouTube), the “Bad Guy” songstress could be seen stripping down as she said, “You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching always and nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them I’d never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulder provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with is not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut.”
“Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it,” she continued in the powerful video. “Why? We make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are, we decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
Why Does She Like To Wear Baggy Clothes?
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” the brunette beauty explained during a Calvin Klein ad, when asked why she likes to wear oversized clothes. “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 [butt], she’s got a fat [butt].’ No one can say any of that, because they don’t know.”
Elish also admitted that she never felt “desired” by her past boyfriends, which made her feel self conscious about her body.
“I have never felt desired. My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them. And it’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody,” she told GQ. “So I dress the way I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys — I mean anyone, everyone — judging [my body], or the size of it. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before.”
She Doesn’t Mind When People Talk About Her Body Online
But she doesn’t mind when her body is discussed online.
“Suddenly my boobs are trending on Twitter. Which is fine — that s**t looks good,” the 18-year-old continued. “Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman.”
She added that she hoped that sharing the video of herself taking off her clothes online would help end body-shaming once and for all.
“That tour video was about all that. It is me saying: look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it. Isn’t that a shame?” Eilish said. “But my body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to.”
Billie Eilish Is A Pretty Private Person In General
Despite being in the public eye, Eilish has managed to stay pretty private over the years, especially when it comes to her love life.
“I definitely want to keep [relationships] private. I’ve had relationships and kept them private, and even the ones that I’ve had, with the tiny amount that I’ve let the world see, I regret,” she told Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp. “I think about the people that have made their relationships OD public, and then they break up, and it’s like, ‘What if it goes bad?’ Then everyone has this whole opinion on your relationship that they have no idea about. It’s not something I’m interested in.”