If you have never heard Billie Eilish’s music and are hearing this name for the first time, you might think that this person is a boy. We won’t blame you.
I mean, the name ‘Billie’ itself sounds like a boy’s name. But friend, you are wrong. Billie Eilish is actually a girl. She is a very famous singer right now and has had success in the music industry. Today, we are going to be looking at some of the questions regarding her persona.
Is Billie Eilish a boy?
As we said earlier, she is not a boy. Billie is a girl through and through. And No, She is not a gay girl. She is straight.
A Short Biography of Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish was born in the year 2001. She is a Gen Z musician. Her birthdate is December 18 and she is an American songwriter as well as a singer.
Her parents are Maggie Baird who is a teacher, actress, and Screenwriter, and Patrick O’Connell who is a part-time actor and musician.
So, you can say that Billie was born into a family of musicians and artists. She is of Irish and Scottish descent. She also has a brother Finneas who is 4 years older than her. Finneas is a producer and does most of the beats and mix-mastering of her tracks.
Billie first became famous just a few years ago in 2015 when she uploaded a song titled ‘Ocean Eyes’ to SoundCloud. This was later re-released by Interscope Records. The song was written and produced by her brother Finneass O’ Connell.
Finneass produces a lot of Billie’s music. Anyway, her debut EP became a really big hit in the countries such as the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Billie then worked on her debut studio album which was released in 2019. The album was appropriately titled, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 and reached Number 1 in the UK’s scene.
This album became one of the best-selling albums of 2019. The song had a smash hit song “Bad guy” which went on to be number one on Billboard Hot 100.
Her latest singles are My Future, Therefore I Am, and more. All of these songs have charted in the top 10 in both the US and the UK charts.
Why do people think Billie is a boy?
Billie Eilish has music that separates her from the crowd. This is mainly because of her voice. She has a very monotone voice. It is not shrill, the voice is hoarse. Very deep for a female artist of her age.
Most of the time, female artists have a really poppy sound and they sing at higher pitches but not Eilish. Her pitch is low.
And if you are not familiar with her music, you can get confused. Even my first impression of Billie Eilish was wrong. Hearing her deep voice and the name “Billie” will confuse anyone!
Why does Billie Eilish look different?
So, Have you googled her and watched her videos or photos? And did you have the same question as us? Don’t worry. We will explain.
Billie lived most of her life in the media and has massive documentation of her time. This has led her to experiment and she has experimented with her clothes and styles. She wears a really baggy tracksuit and bombers. She also has hoodies most of the time.
And this style has also led to the public perception that Billie Eilish might be a boy. Her fun name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell. And this further extends the confusion, as we have repeatedly mentioned here.
The name is spelled differently though. Normally, a boy’s name would be “Billy” and it is generally a short form of William.
But, Eilish’s spelling is “Billie” and that is the one thing that kind of explains her gender. But again, her middle name is “Pirate” so, there’s another confusion right there.
Anyway, you might know now why she is so different.
Why does Billie Eilish dress like a boy?
Eilish has given many interviews where she has revealed the secret and explained why she appears like a boy.
The real reason why she decides to dress the way she does is to stop anyone judging her. He doesn’t want people to sexualize her. But this rather backfires and opens a door of controversy.
She is judged massively on the internet for her style. Her reason to adopt this style was to voice against body shaming, sexism and use her freedom to dress how she wants.
While she is right about a lot of things, people still find it hilarious and you can see many trolls on her.
In 2019, Billie was seen wearing a baggy hoodie and it was unzipped. This wardrobe failure revealed a white tank top inside it. This created a response on the internet with mean comments from mainly male meme admins. Eilish was just 17 when this happened.
This created a real controversy but it helped her boost her album streams and sales so, it might have been planned.
So, What can we learn from Billie Eilish?
Despite having a name that sounds like a male’s name, dress style that consists of sneakers, hoodies and baggy bombers, and mannerisms that may seem masculine, Billie Eilish is still a female artist.
We can learn to be ourselves from Billie. For first-time listeners, it is so confusing because of a lot of things. Billie even has a song named Bad Guy where she sings from a male’s perspective.
Eilish has said that the song is a Satire to people and she was just poking fun at people.
Currently, though, Billie has become pretty famous in the world and a lot of people are aware of her right now. At the age of 18, Billie managed to win 5 Grammys which is not an easy task.
She even has an original song titled ‘No time to die’ for the upcoming James Bond movie. This made her the youngest musician to be featured in a Bond film.
We think Billie might not change her style anytime soon but she might have to address people time and again until we finally accept her unorthodox style.