Billie Eilish is talking up about her COVID–19 experience — and pushing others to be vaccinated — after a long struggle with the virus.
During an episode of The Howard Stern Show on Monday, December 13, the 19-year-old pop star revealed that she had a breakthrough case of the coronavirus in August.
“I didn’t die, and I wasn’t gonna die, but that does not take away from how miserable it was. It was terrible,” the singer of “Bad Guy” said to Howard Stern. “I still have side effects. I was sick for, like, two months almost.”
A cough is one of the lingering symptoms, but Eilish claims she is “fine now” and wants to emphasise that it is for one very important reason.
“I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have, like, died, because it was bad,” she said. “When I say it was bad, I more just mean that it felt horrible. But really, in the scheme of COVID, it was not bad. You know what I mean? When you’re sick, you feel f–king horrible.”
The vaccine, she said, was “f–king amazing” since it prevented her brother, Finneas, “from getting [COVID-19], it saved my parents from getting it, saved my friends from getting it.”
Billie Eilish isn’t the only star who has praised the vaccine for protecting them and others from COVID-19.
America Ferrera shared a photo of herself having her booster shot on Instagram earlier this month. On Thursday, December 9, the Superstore alum wrote, “Boosted for the holidays! Thankful for the miracle of science and medicine allowing me to be with my loved ones safely this year.”
Bob Odenkirk posted a selfie of himself getting his extra dose on Instagram in November, four months after suffering a heart attack on the set of his show Better Call Saul. “Kaboom!” the actor tweeted, “Moderna booster. F Covid!”
Eilish had previously spoken out against people who partied during the early days of the pandemic. “Funny how I haven’t hugged my best friends in six months, and y’all are out here partying,” the youngster wrote in September 2020 on her Instagram story. “Funny.”
While Billie Eilish is still recovering from her COVID–19 infection, she was well enough to host Saturday Night Live on December 11 – one week before her birthday.