Billie Eilish is Rolling Stone's July/August cover star, and chats with the magazine about privacy, her recent image overhaul, and her upcoming sophomore album Happier Than Ever, due out July 30th.
The title of her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ due out July 30th, is no fiction: Billie has, in fact, felt happier than she ever had before. But like a lot of things in her life, it’s not quite that simple.https://t.co/9dvgpM6S0J pic.twitter.com/uHL0ZKf121— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 17, 2021
• Billie, on keeping her relationships private: "People are like ‘Well, you’re an artist, so when you put something out there like that, you can’t expect people to not dive into it more.’ Yes I can! You should absolutely respect me giving you this much information and saying, ‘This is all you get.’ The rest is for my own brain."
• On the (as-of-yet unreleased) opening song of the album, "Getting Older," which features the lyrics "Wasn’t my decision to be abused / I’ve had some trauma / Did things I didn’t wanna / Was too afraid to tell ya / But now I think it’s time": “I had to take a break in the middle of writing that one, and I wanted to cry, because it was so revealing. And it’s just the truth.”
• On the reaction to her recent lingerie-clad Vogue photoshoot: "I saw a picture of me on the cover of Vogue [from] a couple of years ago with big, huge oversize clothes [next to] the picture of [the latest Vogue]. Then the caption was like, ‘That’s called growth.’ I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time, I’m like, ‘No, that’s not OK. I’m not this now, and I didn’t need to grow from that.’"
• On what she wants from her upcoming album: "I hope people break up with their boyfriends because of it. And I hope they don’t get taken advantage of."