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Billie Eilish recalls hating her body as a teenager and overcoming her heartbreaking diagnosis

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Billie Eilish is opening up about the complicated feelings she had about her body as a teenager.

During a recent interview with Vogue for her first video cover, Eilish spoke about her relationship with her body and what it took for her to work through the negativity associated with it. She explained that years of injuries have left her in a lot of pain and hatred for her body.

Before breaking into the music industry with the release of “Ocean Eyes” in 2015, Eilish had aspirations of being a dancer. Sadly, an injury to her growth plate at age 13 forced her to reevaluate her dreams and find a new passion.

“Going through my teenage years hating myself and all that stupid shit, a lot of that came from my anger towards my body and how angry I was at how much pain it caused me and how much I lost because of it. Things that happened to it” Eilish said. “I got injured right after we made ‘Ocean Eyes,’ so the music kind of took the place of dancing.”

Billie Eilish hated her body due to the pain she was in as a result of various injuries.

Billie Eilish hated her body due to the pain she was in as a result of various injuries.
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BILLIE EILISH ADMITS SHE HAS A ‘TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP’ WITH HER BODY

“I felt like my body had been lighting me up for years,” she said. “I had to go through a process of being like, my body is really me. And it’s not to get me.”

Eilish was eventually diagnosed with hypermobility, a syndrome in which an individual has overly flexible joints, causing them to bend more than they should, which can be painful.

During the interview, Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, gave more information about her diagnosis, saying that “things that you and I could do to help each other, like certain types of massages or chiropractors, can really hurt you.”

Eilish was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, which means her joints are more flexible than they should be.

Eilish was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, which means her joints are more flexible than they should be.
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This isn’t the first time the “Bad Guy” singer has spoken out about her body, as her style and body image issues remain a topic of interest.

In August 2021, she told The Guardian that she has a “terrible relationship with (her) body” and that she needs to “disassociate herself from the ideas (she has) of (her) body” during performances because, otherwise, her performance would be affected. .

“I wear bigger clothes that are easier to move around without showing everything — they can be really unflattering,” she said. “In the pictures they look like I don’t even know what. I just completely separate the two. Because I have such a terrible relationship with my body that you wouldn’t believe so I just have to dissociate.”

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She also admitted that she doesn’t understand why society is obsessed with bodies, be it their own or others’. During a campaign for Calvin Klein in 2019, the singer discussed the matter further, saying that society’s obsession with bodies is the inspiration behind her public image. In the video, she said that the baggy clothes mean that “no one can say because they haven’t seen what’s underneath”.

The obsession with her body in particular had a profound impact on her style. She told Elle magazine in 2019 that, as a woman with larger breasts, she feels more harshly judged for wearing a top that might show a little cleavage. She referenced a time when someone took a picture of her in a tank top after she got off the tour bus, saying, “My boobs were trending on Twitter. … All the media wrote about my boobs.”

Eilish used to have to disassociate herself from her body image issues when performing in fear that it would affect her show.

Eilish used to have to disassociate herself from her body image issues when performing in fear that it would affect her show.
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“I was born with shitty boobs, bro. I was born with DNA that was going to give me big boobs. Recently, I was FaceTimeing a friend of mine who’s a guy, and I was wearing a tank top. He was like, ‘Ugh, put it on a shirt.’ And I said, ‘I’m wearing a shirt,'” she told the mag. “Someone with smaller breasts could wear a tank top, and I could put on that exact tank top and be embarrassed because my breasts are big. That’s stupid. It’s the same shirt.”

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