With great power comes great responsibility, and with huge social media followers comes a lot of attention. Billie Eilish says it can be overwhelming. The “Bad Guy” singer, who recently debuted a new corseted, glammed-up look on the cover of British Vogue, told Stephen Colbert that online interest in her appearance actually makes her want to post less, not more.
When Eilish posted the cover on Instagram, Colbert informed her, she broke her own record and got to a million likes in under six minutes. Eilish says that while the attention does make her “excited…it more just makes me never want to post again…I feel like I wanted to post more when less people cared. And now that more people care, it’s like, scary to me.” She also talked about the “surreal” feeling of breaking Instagram records over and over with each successive post.
In the interview, Eilish also confessed to wearing a Billie Eilish Wig last time she was on the show, two months prior, to keep her blonde hair a secret. To cover her transitional hair (she needed a multi-step process to go from black to platinum) she literally ordered a costume wig of herself from Amazon. That is just a little bit iconic, actually. Imagine having hair so recognizable you can shop for a facsimile of yourself.
Hair and Instagram worries aside, though, Eilish is feeling great about her upcoming record and lead single “Your Power.” She told Colbert, “There’s just times in life when you should be allowed to feel cocky about something…I’m very proud of myself with this song.”
Eilish is also feeling more confident showing skin. She told British Vogue,“Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hos, and fuck it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin—or not—should not take any respect away from you.”