Billie Eilish accepted the Hitmaker of the Year award on Saturday where she paid tribute to her brother Finneas O’Connell.
Both Eilish and O’Connell were on hand at Variety’s Hitmakers Brunch at Soho House, West Hollywood where Eilish gave O’Connell the credit he deserves in helping shape her career.
“Thank you so much, Variety. Thank you for not wanting to make me look stupid like everybody else wants to do on TV,” Eilish started. “When we were working on [When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?], somebody told me and my brother, Finneas who’s my co-writer, that there was no hit on the album. I don’t know how that was supposed to help anyone, but that fool was wrong!”
Eilish then went through the traditional thank-yous to her team and fans before things got emotional.
“A big thank you to my big brother Finneas. Finneas is my best friend, my big brother, he’s four years older than me and we’ve been best friends forever,” Eilish said while calling O’Connell up to the mic.
She added, “We started making music together when I was 13 and he was 17; he produces everything. He’s the only reason I’m anywhere in the whole world and he’s probably the only reason I’m alive.”
And as if things couldn’t get any sweeter, O’Connell then returned the sentiments.
“There’s a lot of bulls**t articles about me now, about how I’m not just Billie Eilish’s brother,” O’Connell said. “Just being Billie Eilish’s brother is all I ever wanna be. I love Billie more than anything else and I’m so grateful to you and I love you.”