During a recent interview with British Vogue, 19-year-old singer Billie Eilish disclosed that she experienced abuse during her underage years. Although she clarified that the person who took advantage of her wasn't a figure in the music industry, she shared that they were older than her. This revelation coincided with the release of her new single "Your Power," which she described as an "open letter" to men who exploit others.
1. Eilish Said She Didn't Pay Much Attention To Age When She Was Younger
According to Eilish, she used to be oblivious to the negative impact of age differences in relationships but has only recently started to comprehend its harmful consequences. "I used to not understand why age mattered. And, of course, you feel like that when you're young because you're the oldest you've ever been. You feel like you're so mature and you know everything."
2. The More She Thought About The Experience, The More She Realized How Wrong It Was
Although Eilish may have given her consent to the relationship back then, the reality remains that she was under the legal age and lacked the capacity to make such decisions. "People forget that you can grow up and realize s*** was f***** up when you were younger," she said.
3. Now, Eilish Is Using Her Music To Confront Those Who Abuse Power And Take Advantage Of People
Apart from her latest single "Your Power," Eilish's new album also features a track titled "When I Was Older," which calls out men who behave in such a manner. "I wanted to say that it doesn't matter who you are, what your life is, your situation, who you surround yourself with, how strong you are, how smart you are," she explained. "You can always be taken advantage of. That's a big problem in the world of domestic abuse or statutory rape – girls that were very confident and strong-willed finding themselves in situations where they're like, 'Oh my god, I'm the victim here?' And it's so embarrassing and humiliating and demoralizing to be in that position of thinking you know so much and then you realize, I'm being abused right now."
4. Eilish Won't Reveal More About Her Own Abuse, But She's Acting As A Voice For Others
Her aim is to highlight the prevalence of such situations in the hope of contributing to their eradication.