Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is one of the greatest young talents we have today, she is just 19 years old and her songs are already breaking records. Billie was even honored with the Grammy Awards multiple times. Her album Don’t Smile at Me was a hit in 2017 and in 2019 her another debut album Where We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was listed on number one on the Billboard 200 and was also the best performing album of 2019. The fifth song of the album ”Bad Guy” was her first number-one song to be listed on Billboard hot 100.
Billie is one of the most influential young talents and she also made history, six of her posts are listed on Instagram’s top 20 most liked posts. She is very talented and successful there is no doubt and we all agree on that but her family also has a big part to make sure her success.
In today’s blog post we are going to be talking about Billie’s parents, who they are? and how have they helped Billie in her career.
Billie’s Mother is an Actress
You read that right guys, Billie’s mother Maggie Baird is a successful American actress as well as screenwriter, she used to be a theater troupe teacher.
Maggie was born on March 29, 1959, in Fruita, Colorado, United States. She went to Fruita Monument High School and graduated in 1977, after that she went to the University of Utah where she studied theater and dance. She grew up in her birthplace performing music (She used to play and learn guitar and piano). It seems that she did not complete her study at University as she moved to New York.
She used to perform on Broadway after moving to New York. After some time she made her first appearance on the television series soap opera Another World (1981). After years of struggle, she finally made her debut in a movie called An Innocent Man (1989). Later in 1991, she moved to Los Angeles and continued acting on various films and television series. She also became a member and teacher of a theater troupe.
In 2009 she released her solo album called ”We Sail.” And in 2013 she began screenwriting with her son Finneas O’Connell for the movie called Life Inside Out, the movie featured Maggie herself along with her son Finneas and husband Patrick.
Billie’s Father Patrick
Patrick Mead O’Connell was born on July 7, 1957, in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States. He is an American actor and has made appearances in various movies like the West Wing and Iron Man. And according to the reports he met with Maggie when she was performing in Alaska, after that they soon fell in love and got married in 1995.
He was interested in acting ever since he was a child, he wanted to find better opportunities so he moved to Los Angeles. As mentioned above Patrick and Maggie were married in 1995 but for an unknown reason, they have separated as of 2021.
Billie and Her Brother Didn’t Attend School
Billie and her brother Finneas did not attend a school because their parents choose to homeschool them, it would make and help them develop their talents and skills. Homeschooling was the best option as the kids could do whatever they had an interest in and more than that they would not have to worry about any academic period or schedule.
“Everyone is always doing something. Everyone goes places, goes to classes, and organizes field trips. It’s just like going to college You do wherever you like, and you find what you need there. Furthermore, the kids get to do a lot of other things. Homeschooling allows them to do the things that they really enjoy without having a huge academic schedule on top of it.” Billie’s mother Maggie said on Your Teen Mag.
Patrick and Maggie wanted their children to grow and sharpen their talent, no wonder why Billie is already breaking records at such a young age. Just like Billie her brother was also homeschooled and he once said, “As a homeschooled student, I have thrived with the freedom to discover myself. This is something I have really enjoyed because I am not at a high school where my self-worth is based on what others think of me. The thing I have to ask myself is the question of ‘what do I want to do and who do I want to be as a person, I think that’s immensely positive.” on your teen mag.
Tough Love To Their Children
In an interview, both Billie and her brother Finneas said that they grew up with very tough love, it was revealed that their parents never once told them that they are proud of them but as growing up they are starting to understand why they did what they did.
“We never heard our parents say, I’m proud of you. but as I get older I am starting to understand that our parents didn’t want us to feel like they being proud of us was the only way we could succeed.” Billie said in an interview.
But we know that their parents must be already proud of them as they even provided homeschool so that their children could only focus on their talents, and after many years now their children are really successful in their respective career.
Billie Pays Her Parents
On February 24, 2020, Finneas revealed that their parents were struggling financially when raising them, he twitted, “We were never able to fully rely on our parents’ acting work to support us during my lifetime, My father was a construction worker for Mattel and he worked for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and my mom worked as a teacher.” He also added, “We were loved by our parents, but they had no connection to the recording industry.” However, the Tweet has now been deleted or removed for an unknown reason.
Finneas also revealed that he and his sister Billie are giving back to their parents for what they did stating, ”I paid off their mortgages last year, and Billie pays them a salary to tour with us full time, even though they’ve told us time to time they would work for free.”
According to the reports, Patrick has quit his job to tour with his daughter and Maggie is now manager of Billie. Both Finneas and Bille really appreciate their parent’s selfless sacrifice and Billie even said that she really respects and praises their skills as an actor, and she wants her parents to get more recognition which they deserve. She also wants to feature her parents in a movie.
“I wish my parents had gotten more recognition. My dad is the best actor I’ve seen, and my mom can do all the voices and characters – she’s amazing. I actually want to make a movie with them in it – but I’ve never said that.” Billie said on Rolling Stone.