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Billie Eilish speaks up about the cost of fame

Billie Eilish recently opened up about the price of fame. The 22-year-old singer appeared on the June 10 episode of BBC’s “Miss Me?” podcast, hosted by singer Lily Allen and British TV personality Miquita Oliver.

Discussing the downsides of the industry, Billie shared, “I lost all of my friends when I got famous. I suddenly was famous and I couldn’t relate to anybody. It was tough. It was really hard.”

Reflecting on her rise to fame at 14 with her 2016 song “Ocean Eyes,” the two-time Oscar-winning singer revealed that only her best friend Zoe remained by her side.

By the time she turned 20, Billie found herself surrounded only by colleagues.

“It was my 20th birthday and I remember looking around the room and it was only people that I employ. And all are 15 years or more older than me,” she recalled.

Billie also shared the emotional struggle she faced when an employee quit and cut off contact with her.

“It was the worst thing that happened to me. And that made me realize like, ‘Oh wait, this is a job.’ If they left me, they would never see me again.”

Determined to rebuild her social life, Billie reached out to old friends and made new ones.

“Exactly a year ago, I reconnected with a bunch of old friends and now, I have so many friends. I have a crew now. I could literally cry about it. It’s been the greatest thing that’s happened to me,” she concluded.

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