With her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? sitting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, 17-year-old Billie Eilish has revealed that she’s still shocked by her skyrocket to fame.
During an appearance on the Australian show The Project on Thursday (May 2), Billie responded to comments that she seems to be handling her new fame well, saying:
“You know what, I guess! I mean I feel like I’m handling it very badly on the inside, but I don’t tell nobody,” Billie laughed. “That’s for me to know.”
“It’s really a very, very wild thing for me,” she said.
Billie talked about how surprised she was at the level of dedication she’s received from fans who can sing every word to her songs, saying:
“Dude, I would not have expected that to happen in like 400 years. Ever,” she said. “I never thought that I would do a show. At least if I did a show, I never thought it would be sold out. I never thought that anyone would ever sing along to anything, ever.”
“I remember my first show in London, it was like my first headlining show ever and it was in London at this little tiny venue for like what, 100 people, 200 people,” Billie continued. “I remember right when I came on the stage, they all sang along, and I just was like, completely in shock. It was so emotional ’cause I had never thought that would ever happen. Ever, ever.”
“And now it’s normal for me in a show, which is so crazy,” she said.
When speaking about fame, Billie also revealed that she wouldn’t want to change anything about fame, but if she could, she’d like to be able to put in on pause for a bit.
“I think yesterday somebody asked me if there’s anything I would change about fame or whatever. And I don’t think I would change anything, I think I would just hope — not even hope — I would just wish there was a way to press a button and it would stop for a second. But then you could press the same button and it would come back, you know?”
As for creating new music, Billie reveals that she has no plans to change her recording format of making music in her brother’s bedroom.
“It’s working for us, why change that?” she said.
“It’s like if it’s not broken, why fix it? Cause there’s nothing to fix. We started making music in his room, which is like nine feet wide in both directions, and it worked, and it’s been working, and why not do that? It’s raw and it’s real and we come out with something we’re both completely proud of and love, so it’s like, what’s the point?”
Billie is currently on her When We All Fall Asleep tour, and will be performing in Australia and the UK this month before returning to the U.S. for more shows in late May. You can find out more about her tour stops and tickets here.