Billie Eilish opens up about what it’s like to live with Tourette Syndrome.
The Grammy-winning singer opened up about navigating the neurological disorder after suffering a twitch on camera during an interview with David Letterman for his Netflix series ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’.
“If you film me long enough, you’ll see a lot of tics,” Eilish told Letterman.
Eilish, who was diagnosed when she was 11, said people who were unaware she had Tourette’s disease often failed to recognize her tics during social interactions and reacted to them insensitively.
“The most common way people react is to laugh because they think I’m trying to be funny…and I’m still incredibly offended by that,” Eilish said.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Tourette’s Syndrome is a “disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that cannot be easily controlled,” such as repeatedly blinking, shrugging, or letting out loud noises. unusual sounds or offensive words.
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Upon becoming a public figure, the 20-year-old said she realized the disorder was much more common than she initially thought.
“The funny thing is that so many people have it that you would never know,” Eilish said. “A couple of artists have come forward and said, ‘Actually, I’ve always had Tourettes,’ and I’m not going to release them because they don’t want to talk about it, but it was really, really interesting to me. “
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While Eilish said some of her mannerisms fade over time, there are subtle mannerisms that are still a part of her daily life. “These are things you’ll never notice if you just have a conversation with me, but for me they’re very draining,” she said.
But the “Happier than Ever” singer revealed she doesn’t experience tics when performing on stage. “When I move, I don’t even have the ticking at all,” she explained.
Eilish shared with Letterman that she’s gained confidence from having the disorder, and while she may not have all the answers, she’s “really happy to talk about it.”
“I really like answering questions about this because it’s very, very interesting, and it makes me incredibly confused,” Eilish said. “I do not understand.”
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