Billie Eilish has clapped back at haters after a photo of her wearing a tank-top went viral for all of the wrong reasons.
During her time-capsule interview with Vanity Fair, the “Bad Guy” singer opened up about the critical body-shaming comments she has received online.
“There’s this picture of me, like, running from my car to my brother’s front door on like, a 110-degree day, in a tank top. Everyone’s like, ‘Damn, Billie got fat!’ And I’m like, ‘Nope, this is just how I look! You’ve just never seen it before!'” Eilish explained.
This is her fourth annual interview with Vanity Fair. During the interview, the platform asks her the same questions as the year before and then compares her responses.
Fans have continued to praise Eilish on social media for being happy and confident with her body. However, many critics and internet trolls have made rude and judgmental comments about these images that recently surfaced.
On body positivity, and why @BillieEilish loves to hear how fans relate to her: https://t.co/JDFO9cv2iL pic.twitter.com/3qyZcvEmER
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) November 30, 2020
The 18-year-old singer is notorious for wearing large and baggy clothing in order to avoid this type of attention. Some people have mixed opinions about Eilish making this decision early on in her career.
In a 2019 interview with Calvin Klein, Eilish opened up about her decisions and how the general public has reacted to them. “I never want the world to know everything about me. 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 ass, she’s got a fat ass. No one can say any of that because they don’t know,” Eilish explained.
Billie Eilish got hate online because people criticized her body and called her fat, so of course her next music video is literally just her running in a mall and eating junk food.
I love to see it.
— Echo (@EcholovesRoot) November 16, 2020
When it comes to body image and body positivity, Eilish hopes that she can continue to inspire and empower younger generations.
“I think yeah, the reason people are looking up to you is because you’re you, they’re not looking up to you so that you’ll tell them something that you never actually tell them. They’re looking up to you so that you tell them something that you would tell them yourself,” She said. “I love having kids relate to me and tell me that I make them feel comfortable in their bodies. If I can do anything, I wanna do that.”
the way billie eilish handled all the comments she got about her body this way is so important pic.twitter.com/awxwCW1owv
— sarah ! (@caughtyourname) November 30, 2020
It’s apparent that the young superstar feels most comfortable and confident when she is around those who love her, especially her fans. During one of her concerts in March this year, she wore a bra on stage instead of keeping herself covered up.
During her latest tour before the coronavirus, she addressed body-shamers in a visual. The singer used the opportunity to chat about double standards, body positivity and confidence.
Billie is awesome. Here she talks about choosing not to police her body for the comfort of others, this is so many people's reality. No More! #BodyPositivity Billie Eilish Loves When People Tell Her That She "Makes Them Feel Comfortable In Their Bodies" https://t.co/IBQBMp1YnY
— Elizabeth Wright | FRSA & TEDx Speaker 🎤🦿🦾💜 (@esioul) December 1, 2020
“The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut.”
the fact that Billie Eilish went out of her way to shoot a video about body-shaming and about how her body isn't controlled by the media an some of yall STILL have the audacity to body shame her and any woman for that matter is disgusting, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
— jade ♡'s the cheater club | taehyung lovebot (@94EUPH0RIA_) December 2, 2020
The interview with Vanity Fair also reveals that Billie Eilish is currently experiencing a bit of an identity crisis. She thinks about a performance in 2019 as well as other appearances and explains, “I think it was December. I did some radio show performance, and the entire show I felt like I was pretending to be Billie Eilish. I completely wasn’t looking at myself as myself. I was just totally seeing it from not my own perspective and it was so weird. It happened multiple times at award shows and stuff — I felt like a parody of myself.”
Fans are happy to hear that Eilish is working on a new album, which she does not plan to release until the “timing is right.”
I LOVE BILLIE EILISH OMG
— laly* (@uhlaly) December 2, 2020
After releasing her latest single “Therefore I Am,” listeners are more eager than ever to receive more music from the Grammy winner.
can billie please realise a new album ? i need a whole SET of new music not just a SINGLE😫😫😫
— maria (@withoutsome1) November 7, 2020
“I’m really, really happy that we’ve been able to make the things that we’re making,” she said. “And I can’t wait for you to hear this shit. I can’t wait to have the world hear. I’m very excited and hopeful for the future,” Eilish said.
Billie is also nominated for several Grammys in 2021 alongside artists such as Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift.