During an Audacy Check In, Billie Eilish explained the meaning behind the title of her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever.
The “my future” artist explained that the project’s title stemmed from a shift in her mental health once her career took off.
She tells Audacy’s Julia that the name, “encapsulated the last few years of my life really well, in a way that I thought the fans would understand. Just because I feel that when I was coming up, and getting bigger, I was actually very depressed and over time I feel that I, very obviously, my mental state rose and got so much better. I feel the fans really knew that and could see it.”
Not only does the record’s title relate personally to Billie, but it’s also a title that the songstress felt her fans could attach their own meaning to as well.
Often times Eilish says she is asked, “‘How does it feel to be happy now?’ It was nice to be in a place where I felt confident in my life and who I am, but at the same time it’s like, ‘What is happiness?’ I spent a lot of time thinking about happiness and the word ‘happiness,’ and how it fluctuates. Everyone thinks if you’re one thing, you’re going to be that forever and you’re never going to be anything else. It’s really not true; happiness is temporary but also, so is misery.”
She concluded that the album which shares a name with a title track was a “solid sentence and just worked with my last few years and my growth.” Billie also noted that album’s title has a different meaning from the album’s title track.
However, the 19-year-old also revealed, “it also is kind of sarcastic in a way… but that also came from people being like, ‘So, you’re happy now!’ And it’s like, ‘well that’s only in this moment.’ It doesn’t stay; it did not stay, by the way. But, it goes up and goes down and things change.That’s how life works, so it’s kind of sarcastic. Also, ‘Happier Than Ever’ doesn’t mean happier than you’re ever gonna be, it means happier than you were before. That is what’s important, I think.”
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.