Inside Billie’s blurry world

Flyer News writer recaps Billie Eilish’s documentary, photo courtesy of @billieeilish on Instagram.

Katherine Wheeler
Contributing Writer

Billie Eilish recently gave her fans an inside look into her blurry world in her new Apple TV+ documentary, “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” which was released Feb. 26, 2021.

This film, created by R.J. Cutler, gives a deep dive into the life and rise of star Billie Eilish. It takes us through her journey of beginning her music journey with single “Ocean Eyes,” alongside her brother and songwriter, Finneas O’Connell, to navigating life as a successful musician in a short amount of time.

Although “Ocean Eyes” was released in 2015, it’s clear that Eilish’s music career began long before that. Growing up, she had a deep love for music that she shared with older brother, O’Connell.

Eilish and O’Connell grew up in Los Angeles. They were surrounded by art of all kinds and even come from a musical family themselves. That being said, Eilish’s talent hardly came as any surprise to her family. 

Together, Eilish and O’Connell grew up writing and recording music out of O’Connell’s bedroom for years. As they got older and realized their talent, it clearly became more than just a hobby.

As her hopes of wanting to pursue music as a career, Eilish’s family gave her the support she needed when beginning her journey and helped lead her on the path of success.

In 2015, Eilish released the single “Ocean Eyes,” written by O’Connell, on SoundCloud, and it marked a shifting point in her career and in her life. 

Shortly after, Eilish began touring and promoting her new music. She watched her fanbase grow quite rapidly and her life began changing drastically.

In only two short years, Eilish hit the top charts with “Bad Guy” in 2017 and released her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, which essentially catapulted her career.

From then on, her life as a teenager became a life as a worldwide star. She adjusted from a life of dating and driver’s education to a life of touring the world and having to be a person for the cameras that she didn’t always want to be.

Throughout this shift, Eilish mentions the difficulties she went through in her relationship, friendships and overall mental health.

Eilish, who has a particularly creative mind, puts these feelings to paper, whether it be in words, lyrics or drawings. Thankfully, it is these feelings that drive her creativity and lead her to success.

In “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” Eilish opens up the notebook and in doing so, opens up our eyes to the difficulties she has gone through and continues to struggle with, despite the fame and success.

Eilish opens up about depression, suicide, heartbreak, love, loss, fame, loneliness and everything in between. Since mental health is something that is often gaslighted in society, having such a big star open up about her own is incredibly important. 

Eilish also suffers from Tourette syndrome, which the documentary highlighted.

Despite all these difficult thoughts and realities, Eilish continues to put her feelings onto paper to create the art she has been making for years. She continues to show her fans the love and appreciation she has for them and plans to do it for years to come.

Check out “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” on Apple TV+ today to gain further insight into the life of a teenager who continues to grow day by day while she navigates the good and bad that come with being a worldwide sensation.

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