The looks on the faces of Eilish’s fans—so many of them young, so many of them girls—as they stare up at her onstage and weep is so universal, so visceral. During “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” with its line “hills burn in California,” scenes of climate disaster—Eilish’s soapbox bugbear—spun over the soundstage. Her music videos are awash in black liquids streaming from her eyes, oil spills, burn marks, tarantulas, disembodied hands clawing at her face. “And nobody knew it. It’s $35. It’s just crazy. She laughs a lot—a midsentence hiccup when she’s making fun of her own earnestness; a throaty chuckle when she’s proud of and/or flabbergasted by her trajectory, like when I ask where she keeps her Grammys and she says, “Right on the shelf, right on the shelf, heh-heh.” But the ultimate Eilish laugh is an open-mouth-grinning, eyebrows-raised ha-haaa! I didn’t know that that’s expensive.” She raises her eyebrows. A three-dimensional wall-spanning spider, the platonic ideal of every arachnophobe’s worst anxieties, skittered and stomped around Eilish as she sang “You Should See Me in a Crown.” A cute forest bloomed; a shark devoured her; she and her brother soared skyward on a pillar, surrounded by stars and backed by the moon. She’s more settled. “It’s really about my life, me, in such a way that I was not expecting, and was pretty brutal to relive.” But that experience has been ultimately rewarding—and it gave her something equally unexpected. FILE – Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. But the Twitter takedowns left out context: Eilish had been smiling up at the performance until she caught sight of herself on a giant screen. We all know the feeling of seeing yourself and being like, What is going on with me, I’m acting insane. She doesn’t eat out and no longer takes spins around Trader Joe’s, where she once hoped to become a checker. Finneas has a full-blown musical career in his own right, putting out a solo EP in 2019 and producing songs for Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello. A screenshot of Eilish, her lip curled in what appears to be confused derision, went viral seemingly nanoseconds after she made the expression during Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph’s performance at the 2020 Academy Awards, drawing instant ire for her apparent dis of our comedic lords and saviors. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I have already watched her ride a pinto across a New Zealand beach, get her sprained ankle wrapped, grind on a bag of bagels, blow a slobbery raspberry into her brother Finneas’s face, mimic her mother, expound on the seriousness of the coronavirus, shoot water out one nostril while using a neti pot, and fit much of an Oscar Schmidt Aloha ukulele headstock into her mouth. It’s earthshaking. It was magical in a very 21st century kind of way. “Do you know me?” her voiceover asks. It’s a sense of being seen, a first taste of deep love. (Both of which contributed to later bouts of depression.) She’s seen it all. “Even just little moments of variety, like on ‘No Time to Die,’ she has a big belt moment that a couple of years younger Billie might not have had the training or the stamina to do.” On songs like “Ocean Eyes,” spanning two octaves and arranged for a 13-year-old’s fluty vocal cords, Eilish’s voice now often dissolves into a haunting whisper in that highest register; everywhere else is richer, fuller. The teenage years are often fueled by big emotions, an enormous and self-critical solipsism, and the feeling that nobody understands, nobody sees, that every terrible, confusing, embarrassing aspect of life is happening to you and you alone. HAIR, BENJAMIN MOHAPI; MAKEUP, ROBERT RUMSEY; MANICURE, TAMMY TAYLOR; SET DESIGN, DANIEL HOROWITZ; PRODUCED ON LOCATION BY PORTFOLIO ONE; FOR DETAILS, GO TO VF.COM/CREDITS. “I never want to push away somebody that’s showing me only love. Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 18, 2001. (That’s her streetwear brand; its logo is an off-kilter stick figure.) Oh my God, we could be friends if we only knew each other. It’s such a fascinating time of life, where you were both child and adult; one foot in childhood, one foot in adulthood. Billie is a member of the unique moment in history,” says R.J. Cutler, who directs the forthcoming Apple TV+ documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a … The Grammy-winning star is releasing a collection of hundreds of rarely seen photos in May. She’s in an oversize black T-shirt emblazoned with the rapper Duckwrth’s face. “I was trying to distract myself, giving my energy to the horses, which was honestly so nice.” When the networks called the election for Biden and Harris, Eilish says she “immediately started howling and cheering at eight in the morning. In 2019, when longtime James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli invited Eilish and Finneas to work on a No Time to Die theme, they wrote it on the road and recorded it in the quietest place they could find: their tour bus. “Those stories of teenage life are so interesting to me. Last April, Rosalía was waiting for Billie Eilish to send her vocal contributions for their much-teased collaboration. In April 2019, they met for the first time, at Coachella. And so did the rest of the neighborhood.” She grabbed some leftover fireworks from the Fourth of July and “I lit the bitches.” (There was an Instagram story of her doing so.) Trump is afraid of you! Your Ad Choices More than 170,000 YouTube channels around the … After releasing the song on SoundCloud and going viral, Billie started gaining mass attention and a vast number of social media followings. Billie Eilish was born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, on December 18, 2001, in Los Angeles, California. It takes me out of my thoughts. “I was going through hell in certain parts of my life, and I had no idea anyone was seeing it,” she says. I used to watch that episode and be like, That would be amazing if somebody did that and you could rewatch those parts of your life from a different perspective.