Not all people in this world have the stomach to put their insecurities and wounds upfront knowing it can have repercussions on their image. But the American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has known darker times than this. And Billie doesn’t feel discomfort with the fact that she is living with a syndrome. On Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Billie Eilish shared her experience of Tourette’s with David Letterman. She touched on this sensitive topic for the first time which is very personal to her. And gave us insight into how she dealt with people’s reactions to it.
Billie Eilish has struggled to explain her condition to people around her
Billie Eilish sat down with David Letterman on the first episode of ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,’ chatting about her musical life. The singer told David about her ticcing when he catches a glimpse of it during their conversation. She said that she was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at the age of 11. And in the beginning, it just tickled and blinks but it increased with time.
In the interview, Billie opened up about how difficult it was for her to interact with people. Because they thought she is making funny faces so people used to laugh at her. However, it was embarrassing and humiliating for her as she rarely told anyone about it.
“And I am always left incredibly offended by that. Or they go like “What?” And I’m like… And then I go, I have Tourette’s,” remarked Billie Eilish to David Letterman.
It sometimes felt weird as on the outside it seemed normal but it was physically exhausting for her. Because no matter what people thought she could feel her bonds flexing and ears wiggling.
Billie has made friends with her physically challenging illness Tourette’s
With the time Billie gained confidence in her syndrome and said that now she likes answering questions about it. As David Letterman thanked her for telling him her story to which she replied:
“Thank you for asking. I’m… I’m very happy talking about it”
She got out of her self-conscious state when other artists told her they have Tourette’s too. So she found her confidence that it is a part of her life and body now. Therefore, she accepted the syndrome as something normal for people like her.