Billie Eilish became one of the world’s biggest stars by the time she was 14-years-old. As the young singer gears up for the release of her sophomore album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ she’s taken to social media to share some never-before-seen old family photos.
This promotion also comes along with a re-branding of sorts for Eilish, who recently debuted her bleached blonde hair on the cover of Vogue. Eilish claims she wants to release a book of her old family photos to help give her fans a bigger glance into her childhood, and life before fame.
“I love my family photos but I wouldn’t risk taking them on the road with me because they’re way too valuable. I love going through them when I’m home though, I always make a point to sit and go through them every now and then.”
She explained how the book itself felt like an intimate look inside her life, which is important due to the fact that she’s struggled throughout her whole career balancing the need for privacy and her fans wanting to be included in everything.
“It’s too much for them and it’s too much for me and it’s not healthy. Every photo in the book is selected by me – and carefully. It was really difficult going through and deciding what to include, but I feel like I shared a lot in the book. There was some stuff that I almost put in but kept out, after I realized people didn’t need to know,” she continued.
Eilish’s success story was unlike many others for young pop stars who got their start as a teenager. She uploaded a song to SoundCloud at 13 which ended up exploding online, which led to her getting a record deal at just 14.
Family has always been an essential element of Eilish’s sound. Her older brother Finneas O’Connell produces and writes most of her songs with her, and both of their parents always join them on tour.
“I love my parents and I choose to be around them a lot. They understand I need space, and they give it to me when I need it. They don;t do everything with me now but I like them, so I want them to be around.”
“I spent so much time looking through old pictures throughout my life for this book and there were many things I looked through that made me nostalgic and made me miss a lot of parts of my life. But overall it made me more grateful for the life I have now, and made me realise I wouldn’t want to go back. I wouldn’t do it differently,” she says.
‘Billie Eilish’ by Billie Eilish will be released alongside an audio version of the book in which the star and her parents reminisce about simpler times before fame. Both books will be available on May 11th.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.