Biography of Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is an American singer and songwriter. Her debut single “Ocean Eyes” went viral with over 194 million views on Spotify, and her song “Bad guy” garnered every major music award, including an MTV EMA and a Grammy nomination.
Singer Billie Eilish
Childhood and youth
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born on December 18, 2001 in Los Angeles. Her parents are actress, musician and screenwriter Maggie Baird and American actor Patrick O’Connell (The West Wing, Supergirl).
Billy’s parental home is located in Highland Park. “It’s Highland Park that’s popular now, but when I was growing up there, it wasn’t like that at all,” says Billy. “We were constantly hearing gunshots and stuff – we never knew what to expect. And people think I’m a rich little girl from Los Angeles.”
Billie Eilish as a child
Billie, like her older brother, spent her childhood years at home schooling – she is still grateful to this decision of her parents. The girl believes that in a regular school no one would take her seriously, and this would upset her very much. At home, nothing distracted Eilish from gaining knowledge and her favorite pastime – music.
Billie Eilish and her family
From the age of 8, Eilish sang in a children’s choir, and at the age of 11 she began to write and perform her own songs – like her older brother Finneas O’Connell (born 1997), who at that time already had his own band, The Slightlys.
Billie Eilish in her youth
Eilish was inspired by a variety of music – she liked the work of American rapper TierraWhack, indie band The Strokes and British rockers Arctic Monkeys. Billy’s other favorites include the legendary The Beatles and Avril Lavigne.
Billy’s other hobbies include dancing. However, in January 2016, the girl was injured, forever interrupting her dancing career.
In October 2015, Billy’s brother Finneas wrote the lyric “Ocean Eyes”. “I really liked this song, I could not get it out of my head for several weeks,” recalls Eilish. One day, the teacher at Billy’s dance studio asked the girl to record a song for their upcoming dance number. Eilish chose “Ocean Eyes”. The song got everyone excited and Billy and his brother decided to upload it to SoundCloud.
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas
Interestingly, before that, Billy and his brother had already uploaded two of their own songs to the network. However, only “Ocean Eyes” was destined to win the hearts of the listeners. At that time, Billy was only 13 years old.
“We were sitting at Starbucks, and Finneas says, “Sister! Our song has already been listened to by 1000 people. We did it!”. We thought we had reached our goal. But that was just the beginning,” she says.
Gradually, the song became viral, more and more people learned about it. And soon “Ocean Eyes” sounded in the drama “All This World” (2016) and the series “The Runaways” (season 1, episode 9), which became a real success for the young talent. Eilish’s other two songs, “Fingers Crossed” and “Six Feet Under”, featured on episodes of Pretty Little Liars (Season 7) on the soundtrack.
In the wake of the success of “Ocean Eyes” and its remixes, Eilish released the single “Bellyache” on February 24, 2017, which she presented on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. A bright video clip was shot for the song: Miles and AJ, a company known for its collaboration with YoshiFlower, Jaden Smith, Max Frost, etc., was engaged in production.
A month later, the girl recorded the track “Bored”, which became part of the soundtrack for the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why. The singles “Watch” and “Copycat” followed, and in August 2017 the singer presented her debut EP “Don’t Smile at Me”. The mini-album went gold, and one of the album’s tracks went platinum – it was downloaded by more than a million people. The track “My Boy” from this album was used in the third season of the television series Shadowhunters with Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood. In February 2018, Eilish embarked on her first Where’s My Mind tour, which lasted almost 3 months, and then delighted fans with several more fresh songs. The success of the young singer did not go unnoticed among the already popular musicians.
Billy’s creative portfolio includes collaborations with soul singer Khalid and hip-hop artist Vince Staples. In addition, the girl was lucky enough to perform as the opening act for the legendary British rock band Florence and the Machine.
Billie Eilish’s personal life
Billie Eilish’s personal life is a mystery to fans. The girl never mentioned that she has a young man, but at the same time, Billy does not hide the fact that she has to fight off fans. There were rumors online that Billy was dating Canadian singer and model Shawn Mendes, musician Khalid and Instagram star Jack Francis, but the singer has not commented on these fan speculations.
Billie Eilish and Khalid
In November 2018, Billie Eilish openly spoke about the fact that she suffers from Tourette’s syndrome. This recognition was prompted by videos that appeared on the network, in which Eilish’s motor tics are noticeable – blinking, raising eyebrows, unnatural bulging eyes. “I never mentioned my syndrome on the Internet, because no one thinks I am some kind of sick person,” Eilish wrote on Instagram, “I also don’t want people to think about Tourette syndrome every time they think of me.” .
The singer has Tourette syndrome
Billie Eilish does not eat meat and tries to lead an ecological lifestyle. Together with actor Woody Harrelson, a vegan and eco-activist, she recorded a message asking them to stop animal products and plastic.
Billie Eilish now
In early 2019, Billie Eilish released the single “When I Was Older” – melancholy, intimate and sentimental. According to Eilish, she was inspired to write the song by Alfonso Cuarón’s new film Roma (2018).
From February to March 2019, Billy Eilish is on the European tour “1 by 1 Tour”, and in the spring and summer you can see it at such large-scale music festivals as Coachella (USA), FM4 Frequency Festival (Austria), Reading Festival and Leeds Festival (Great Britain), etc.
Billie Eilish’s new album cover
On March 29, the singer released the album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”. In the US Billboard 200 chart, it started from the very first line: in the first week after the release, the album was bought 313 thousand times. And that’s not counting the 15,000 vinyl records sold. In six months, 2 million copies were purchased in the United States, which made Billy Eilish’s studio album double platinum in this country.
The album was produced by Finneas
In September, Billy gave two concerts in Russia and visited the studio of Ivan Urgant. The presenter made the girl laugh, saying that Russian fans call themselves “belyashi”, and gave her a book about belyashi, chebureks and pies. In November, the singer was nominated for a Grammy in six categories, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Only rapper Lizzo had more nominations – 8. At the same time, at the MTV EMA awards, “Bad guy” was recognized as the best track of the year, and Billy herself was recognized as the main debutante of the year.
Billy Eilish in “Evening Urgant”
In 2023, Eilish delighted fans with new compositions. Among them – No Time To Die, which became the soundtrack for the next James Bond film with Daniel Craig. At the end of the year, the singer also released a new video – in four months it was watched by more than 140 million people.
At the beginning of 2023, Eilish took part in the production of the Euphoria series – the singer wrote the soundtrack “Lo Vas a Olvidar” for one of the series. The single became a collaboration with the singer Rosalia. Interestingly, this composition was the first for Billy, performed together with anyone.