Singer Billie Eilish has opened up about her experiences with sexual misconduct and the interconnection she feels with others who have confronted similar issues in their own lives,
In a new interview with British Vogue for their cover story on the singer ahead of the release of her second album, Billie admits that she doesn't know "one girl or woman who hasn't had a weird experience, or a really bad experience... And men, too - young boys are taken advantage of constantly," she tells interviewer Laura Snapes.
Inside the issue Billie, who had dropped her baggy style for a remarkable lingerie-clad photoshoot, speaks volumes about the way young women are constantly expected to "know and do everything, and be everyone’s mom when we’re like, 15... I used to not understand why age mattered," she says, "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.” But those expectations can leave plenty of room for a person to be exploited. “People forget that you can grow up and realize s*** was f***ed up when you were younger.”
“It was very satisfying to scream," on this new record she says, hinting at not only a new look but a new sound forthcoming. "Because I was very angry. There’s so much anger in those songs - anger and disappointment and frustration."
Eilish's cover shoot arrives hot on the heels of the announcement of her sophomore album Happier Than Ever hittilng shelves and streaming services on July 30, as well as Eilish's first new single, "Your Power," released just last week.
"It’s an open letter to people who take advantage – mostly men," she says about the single. "It’s really not at all about one person. You might think, ‘It’s because she’s in the music industry’ – no, dude. It’s everywhere.”
"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. 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?’" she explains.
"It’s so embarrassing and humiliating and demoralizing to be in that position," Billie says with thoughts of her own experience while keeping the details private. "Thinking you know so much and then you realize, I’m being abused right now.”
Also touching on her decision to be more revealing in this set of photos, Eilish implores viewers, "Don't make me not a role model because you're turned on by me," adding that body-image issues were the reasons for her depression at a young age. "Suddenly you're a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you're easy and you're a slut and you're a whore. If I am, then I'm proud. Let's turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin - or not - should not take any respect away from you."
"I really think the bottom line is, men are very weak," Billie tells Vogue. "I think it's just so easy for them to lose it. 'You expect a dude not to grab you if you're wearing that dress?' Seriously, you're that weak? Come on!" Read the full interview here.