In a new interview with GQ magazine, the 18-year-old singer opened up about her style, which has been widely criticised on social media, and said that she sometimes feels ‘trapped’ in the image she’s created.
‘Here’s a bomb for you: I have never felt desired,’ she told the publication.
‘My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them. And it’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody.’
'So I dress the way I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys - I mean anyone, everyone - judging it, or the size of it. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before.'
In recent years, Eilish has carved out a name for herself in the music industry, winning numerous awards including five Grammys this year. However, her lime green and black hair, loose-fitting clothes, and long acrylic nails have received harsh criticism online and resulted in disturbing comments of a sexual nature on social media.
Explaining her style, she added: 'Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman.'
As a teenager, the ‘Bad Guy’ singer said there was a point when she often tried to fit in with her classmates and visited ‘trendy shops’, describing the experiences as ‘very uncomfortable’. She admits the desire to look like her contemporaries fortunately disappeared 'pretty fast’.
Months after releasing the teaser for her Not My Responsibility video, the teenager shared the full-length footage which sees her unzipping a black jacket and peeling back layers of clothing before submerging herself in a dark liquid.
Speaking softly in the clip, the singer addresses the viewer, asking how much they know about her and how she feels unable to move as a result of society’s ‘disapproval’ and attempts to ‘shame’ her.
'Would you like for me to be smaller, weaker, softer, taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips?’
At the end of the video, the ‘No Time To Die’ singer concludes by stating: 'If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me.... not my responsibility.'
In February, Eilish took to the stage at the Brit awards and opened up about feeling ‘very hated recently’.
Fighting back tears, she accepted her gong for International Female Solo Artist and told the audience: ‘When I was on the stage and saw you guys smiling at me, it genuinely made me want to cry. I want to cry right now.’
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