The ninth track on Billie Eilish’s new album, Happier Than Ever, is the spoken-word interlude the pop superstar debuted on tour in March 2020. The video for “Not My Responsibility” Eilish slowly removing her clothes and sink into inky black goo. And then she asks, “Do my shoulder provoke you? Do my chest? Am I my stomach, my hips?” She also share, “If I wear what is comfortable, I’m not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Although you have never seen my body, you still judge it- and judge me for it. Why?
Eilish body has been a point of obsession for some people. It sounds exhausting for a 19-year-old who’s been in the public eye since she was a kid.
“I’m obviously not happy with my body,” Eilish casually confides in the piece, “but who is?”
“When I’m on stage, I have to disassociate from the ideas I have of my body,” Eilish said. “Especially because I wear clothes that are bigger and easier to move in without showing everything – they can be really unflattering. In pictures, they look like I don’t even know what. I just completely separate the two. Then you get a paparazzi picture taken when you were running to the door and had just put anything on, and didn’t know the picture’s being taken, and you just look how you look, and everyone’s like, ‘Fat!'”
Meanwhile, Eilish hates that her flesh distracts from the music. “I mean, we only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive. “Everyone’s guilty of looking at celebrities and not processing that they’re just a person. But they are.”
She knows she is not up for this type of thinking. “I see people online, looking like I’ve never looked, and immediately I am like, oh my God, how do they look like that?” Eilish confessed. “I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake.”
Billie is using her platform to push body positivity and she learnt it from her parents. Billie and her dad always talked about a certain types of people who are so insecure and self-conscious that they never do such weird things which are normal but they always want to look good and she realized that, it made her so sad.