Billie Eilish Gets Raw And Real About Her Tourette Syndrome

Her tics haven’t affected her live performances.

It is a widely known fact that Billie Eilish, the 20-year-old “Happier Than Ever” hitmaker, has been a victim of Tourette Syndrome, a condition of the nervous system that makes the sufferer go through uncontrollable movements and unwanted sounds, usually known as ‘tics’.

Billie Eilish says that her Tourette Syndrome has affected her daily life

In an interview with David Letterman for his Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” the young musician opened up about how the condition has affected her throughout her childhood up till now. “If you film me for long enough, you’re gonna see lots of tics,” she told the host.

The ‘Bad Guy’ singer was diagnosed with the problem when she was just 11-years-old. Billie Eilish claimed that people who don’t know about her Tourette Syndrome fail to recognize her tics during social situations and often respond harshly to them.

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“The most common way that people react is they laugh because they think I’m trying to be funny…and I’m always left incredibly offended by that,” she said. After becoming a popular celebrity, she came to know that her condition is much more common than she initially thought.

“What’s funny is so many people have it that you would never know,” she said. “A couple artists came forward and said, ‘I’ve actually always had Tourette’s,’ and I’m not gonna out them because they don’t wanna talk about it, but that was actually really interesting to me,” she added.

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She has learned to grow more confident in herself despite her health issues

Eilish also mentioned how a few of her tics have subsided over time but a few still remain that she suffers from to date.  “These are things you would never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me, but for me, they’re very exhausting,” she said.

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However, luckily her tics don’t seem to interfere with her live performances. “When I’m moving around, I’m not even ticcing at all,” she explained. She also told Letterman that she has grown to be more accepting and confident of her disorder and although she doesn’t know everything about it, she’s “very happy talking about it.”

“I really love answering questions about it because it’s very, very interesting, and I am incredibly confused by it,” Billie Eilish said about her Tourette Syndrome. “I don’t get it,” she added.

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