Billie Eilish has opened up about living with Tourette’s Syndrome during a new interview with David Letterman for his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
When Letterman notices Billie fussing about he asks, “What’s going on? The fly?” To which Billie, 20, replies, “No, I’m ticcing,” and tells the host the lights triggered it. “If you film me for long enough, you’re gonna see lots of tics.”
Being open about the nervous system disorder, the “No Time To Die” singer told Letterman “The most common way that people react is they laugh because they think I’m trying to be funny,” she said. “And I’m always left incredibly offended by that.”
i appreciate how transparent she’s being here because usually when she talks about it she’s just explaining what it is, but now we’re hearing about other peoples reactions and how they make her feel and it honestly puts everything in a new perspective pic.twitter.com/IpTzMk7YKu— chefasmine is in the kitchen👩🏽🍳 (@onadeadpIanet) May 22, 2022
Per CNN, Eilish was diagnosed at the age of 11 with the neurological disorder, which can cause uncontrollable and unwanted vocalization and/or repetitive movements.
The Grammy winner said other artists have shared with her that they also have Tourette’s, but said she was “not gonna out them because they don’t wanna talk about it.” She added that while some of her tics have subsided, she still has some subtle ones.
“These are things you would never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me,” Eilish said. “But for me they’re very exhausting.”
Eilish said she’s happy to talk about it as it’s all “interesting” to her, noting that she doesn’t experience tics while she’s performing. “When I’m moving around I’m not even ticking at all,” she said.
Watch a clip from the series below: