Billie Eilish Talks about Mental Health, Says She Wants to Help Fans Suffering From Depression
Grammy-nominated singer Billie Eilish opened up about struggling with clinical depression and suicidal thoughts. Here’s what the 18-year-old said.
Billie Eilish — who has received six Grammy nominations this year for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep — has opened about her personal struggles with mental health issues in recent years. The 18-year-old singer said she suffered with clinical depression and had considered taking her life once when she was alone in a hotel room in Berlin, Germany. Speaking about her personal life on a CBS show, Billie said she had been so “unhappy” and “joyless” in 2018 and didn’t even want fame at that time. She said, “I genuinely didn’t think I would make it to 17.”
Responding to a question about her lyric ‘I wanna end me’, in her song Bury A Friend, she said it had been about her, adding, “Yeah. I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel, and I remember there was a window right there. I remember crying because I was thinking about how the way that I was going to die was, I was going to do it.”
Billie shared how her mother, Maggie Baird — who also appeared on the CBS interview — had been the reason she did not go through with her suicide. She revealed how with therapy and support from her family, she had been recovering from depression over the last six months and now wanted to help fans who might be struggling with similar issues. She said, “I just grab them by the shoulders and I’m like, ‘Please take care of yourself and be good to yourself and be nice to yourself. Don’t take that extra step and hurt yourself further, and you can’t take it back’.” Billie is expected to win several Grammy awards this weekend.
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