Billie Eilish has opened up about what it’s like living with Tourette syndrome in a new interview with David Letterman.
The Grammy-winning superstar who previously confirmed her diagnosis in 2018, appeared on Letterman’s hit Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction where she experienced a tic on camera. Billie not only acknowledged the neurological disorder and explained she was diagnosed when she was 11, but also shared her personal experience:
“I’m very happy to talk about it. I actually really love answering questions about it because it’s very, very interesting and I am incredibly confused by it and I don’t get it!” she says during the interview.
“I never don’t tic at all, because the main tics that I do constantly, all day long, are like, I wiggle my ear back and forth and raise my eyebrow and click my jaw…and flex my arm here and flex this arm, flex these muscles. These are things you would never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me, but for me, they’re very exhausting.”
Billie also shared that people sometimes laugh when they see her tics, which she doesn’t appreciate: ‘They think I’m [ticcing] as a funny move. And so they go, ‘Ha!’ And I’m always left incredibly offended by that. Or they go ‘What?’ And then I go, ‘I have Tourette’s.'”
In 2018, Billie posted an Instagram story addressing a video compilation of her tics. Part of her message read:
“I have diagnosed tourettes. ive never mentioned it on the internet because nobody thinks I’m deadass.. as well.. the fact that I’ve just never wanted people to think of tourettes every time they think of me. & my tics are only physical and not super noticeable to others if you’re not really paying attention. my tourettes makes easy things a lot harder. certain things increase and/or trigger the intensity of my tics. but it’s something i grew up with and am used to.. my family and closest friends know it as a part of me.”
According to the MayoClinic.org, Tourette syndrome “is a disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that can’t be easily controlled. For instance, you might repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or blurt out unusual sounds or offensive words.”
During her Letterman interview, Billie added that she feels more confident now and has “made friends” with the condition:
“I feel like it’s … part of me.”
You can watch the full episode on Netflix. The series also features interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Cardi B, Kevin Durrant, Will Smith and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
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