Billie Eilish revealed, on an episode of Conan O’Brien’s podcast, that she deleted all her social media apps. The singer said not having the internet during her childhood was a blessing, but its presence during her teenage years gave her a community to be a part of.
Eilish added that she’s uncomfortable looking at old photos of herself, and stumbling across content centered around her is “icky”. Emphasizing her desire for personal boundaries and anonymity, the singer said she doesn’t want the world to know every detail about her.
With a massive 110 million followers on Instagram, the young pop sensation has decided to take the plunge and go on a hiatus from social media.
In an upcoming episode of Conan O’Brien needs a friend podcast, the 21-year-old revealed that she has deleted all social media apps from her phone. She said she no longer checks social media and that it’s such a “big deal” to her.
“I deleted everything from my phone, which is a huge deal for me. Because dude, you didn’t have internet growing up,” she said per Page six. This bold move by Eilish is inspiring, as it shows that taking a break from social media can positively impact one’s mental health and well-being.
“I wasn’t an iPad baby”
Reflecting on her childhood, the singer says she considers herself lucky that the internet didn’t consume her childhood like it does for many kids today. “I wasn’t an iPad baby, thank goodness – but honestly, I feel like I grew up in the perfect age of the internet that it wasn’t so internet-y; I had such a childhood and I was doing things all the time, she explained.
“During my childhood, there were no iPhones. Yet, as I got older, they were introduced along with all the other technological advances that followed. Growing up on the Internet in my pre-teens and teens, I felt like I belonged. That’s where I found my people,” the seven-time Grammy winner shared.
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Billie Eilish reveals she’s uncomfortable looking at old photos of herself
The “No Time To Die” singer mentioned in the podcast that she shut down her social media apps because she was uncomfortable looking at pictures of herself. She has spoken out against cyberbullying and body-shaming, contributing to her decision to take a step back from social media.
The “Ocean Eyes” singer shared her fear of the internet, saying that as someone who frequents the platforms, the thought of stumbling upon videos and content revolving around her, whether accurate or not, is somewhat uncomfortable.
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Billie Eilish calls out online trolls
Eilish has been a target of online bullying and body shaming and has bravely spoken out against online trolls. In 2020, she hit back at her detractors by releasing a raw and vulnerable short video of her song “Not My Responsibility” on YouTube.
In the video, she undressed and addressed the hurtful comments that had been made about her body and appearance, stressing that they were not her responsibility.