American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish reveals she is living with Tourette’s syndrome – a condition that manifests as uncontrolled physical tics for the 16-year-old musician.
In a candid series of Instagram Story posts shared with her 9 million followers on Tuesday, Eilish reveals she’s been living with the condition but hasn’t spoken publicly about it before now because she “never wanted people to think of Tourette’s every time they think of me,” calling Tourette’s “something I grew up with.”
“My tics are only physical and not super noticeable to others if you’re not really paying attention. (Believe me, having them is a whole different type of misery),” she posts. “I’ve taught myself ways of suppressing my tics and certain techniques to reduce them when I don’t want to be distracting in certain situations… but again suppressing them only makes it worse when the moment is over.”
“My Tourette’s makes easy things a lot harder,” the “Lovely” singer continues. “Certain things increase and/or trigger the intensity of my tics.”
Eilish is revealing the diagnosis for the first time after fans began making compilation videos of her tics – something the singer calls “low-key funny” – but wanted to set the record straight.
“I would love to get this straight so everyone can stop acting goofy,” she prefaced the announcement, adding “half the s*** I do is just me being a f***ing goof and has nothing to do with Tourette’s.”