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Billie Eilish on the Challenges of Fame and Friendship

Annelise Sylta



Billie Eilish, the well known music artist, recently talked about her struggles after gaining fame. On the BBC Miss Me?, hosted by Lily Allen and Miquita Oliver, she discussed how fame affected her relationships and personal life.

Being ghosted

Eilish shared a harsh experience of being ghosted last December. “It was crazy,” she expressed, “He never texted me again. I was like, did he pass away?” This event showed the problems she met in maintaining relationships amidst her growing fame.

The Effects of Fame

Eilish became famous at an young age, with her debut single Ocean Eyes releasing when she was just 14. She has since won many awards including several Grammys and a Best Song Oscar for What Was I Made For?, which she composed for the Barbie soundtrack with brother Finneas O’Connell.

Main Highlights from Eilish’s Story

  • Eilish found it hard to keep friendships after gaining fame.
  • She got ghosted by some person close to her last December.
  • This took place even though they had plans and were in touch on that day.

Troubles with Friendships

Fame brought big issues to Eilish’s social life. “I lost all my friends when I became famous,” she commented. “Suddenly I was famous and couldn’t connect with anyone”. Despite these hardships ,her best friend, Zoe stayed by her side but most of her other friends happen to be elder people who are employed by her .

At the celebration of her 20th birthday, Eilis realized that almost all guests were people working for her and that too people who were older than her by atleast 15 years or more. This realization weighed heavily, particularly when one of her people left the job and stopped communicating with her.

Regaining Old Friendships

In spite of these issues, Eilish made considerable attempts to rebuild relationships. “Exactly a year ago, I reconnected with a number of old friends and now have lots of friends,” she stated. “I have a group now! It’s been the best thing to happen to me.”

Changes Worth Noting

  • Eilish reestablished connections with old friends and formed new ones.
  • She currently has a supportive friend group.
  • The time she spent at Coachella was so good with Friends which led to tears of joy.

Memorable Moments

Eilish recounted an emotionally touching moment at a Coachella party, where she felt an intense sense of comfort from the support given by her friends. “I realised that I actually have friends now!” said an emotional Eilish.

Inspired by Music

Eilish also acknowledged being inspired by Lily Allen’s track Smile in her quest to reconnect with old friends. The singer said, “That line ‘my Friends supported me’ was painful because initially I didn’t have any friends. But now it feels so positive since I can relate due the new found friendships.”

The End, A Cycle of Growth

Eilis’s open talks about fame management and friendship value shows clearly how personal costs weigh on stardom . Despite challenges, Eilish has demonstrated resilience in rebuilding friendships thus drawing happiness from the renewed friendships. Eilish’s life story emphasises the worth of genuine bonds as well as the resilience required to overcome tough times in personal life.

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Anne Lise is an MBA graduate with a passion for doing business research and fashion reviews. She has been with Busybodytribune for over 4 years now, and is the lead editor for the magazine.

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