News | Entertainment
28 Jun 2022 11:18
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Billie Eilish has "made friends" with having Tourette's syndrome

    The 20-year-old singer was diagnosed with the neurological condition - which causes involuntary movements, twitches and sounds - when she was just 11 years old after experiencing "small" tics as a child and although she doesn't "like" it, she's grown to view her affliction as a "part of" her


    She said: "It's not like I like it, but I feel like it's part of me. I have made friends with it. And so now, I'm pretty confident in it. When I'm moving around, I'm not ticcing at all. When I'm riding my horse, I'm not ticcing. When I'm moving and thinking and focusing, when I'm singing [I'm not ticcing]."

    But the 'bad guy' hitmaker admitted she gets "incredibly offended" when people laugh at her tics or think she's making the movements on purpose.

    Speaking on 'My Next Guest Needs To Introduction', she told host David Letterman: "It's really weird. I haven't talked about it like at all. The most common way that people react is they laugh because they think I'm trying to be funny. They think I'm going like [imitates one of her tics] as, like, a funny move.

    "So they go like 'Ha!' and I am always left incredibly offended by that or they [turn their head behind them] and go 'What?' And then I go, 'I have Tourette's'.

    Billie was fascinated to learn other musicians also have the condition.

    She said: "What's funny is so many people have it that you would never know. A couple artists came forward and said, 'I've actually always had Tourette's,' and I'm not going to out them because they don't want to talk about it, but that was actually really interesting to me. I was like 'You do?! What?' "

    The 'Ocean Eyes' hitmaker finds her tics "very exhausting" but admitted people rarely notice them when they are in conversation with her.

    She said: "I actually really love answering questions about it because it's very, very interesting and I am incredibly confused by it and I don't get it.

    "I never don't tic at all, because the main tics that I do constantly all day long are like are like, I wiggle my ear back and forth, and raise my eyebrow, and click my jaw and do that, and like flex my arm here, and flex this arm, and flex these muscles.

    "These are things you would never notice if you're just having a conversation with me. But for me, they're very exhausting."

    © 2022 Bang Showbiz, NZCity

     Other Entertainment News
     28 Jun: Natalie Imbruglia feels "shy" about her body
     28 Jun: Chris Hemsworth did "a lot of work" to prepare for his nude scene in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
     28 Jun: SEGA has finally confirmed that Michael Jackson composed the music for 'Sonic the Hedgehog 3'
     28 Jun: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sent a powerful message to Glastonbury-goers, urging them to join the war-torn country in "defending freedom" amid the Russian invasion
     28 Jun: Beanie Feldstein is engaged to marry her girlfriend Bonnie Chance Roberts after three years together
     28 Jun: Tom Hiddleston says returning to work after the first COVID-19 lockdown was a "meaningful" experience
     28 Jun: Prince Charles has expressed his "personal sorrow" about "slavery's enduring impact"
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Expect a fresh faced Irish side to be named this afternoon to face the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on Wednesday night More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    An economic report shows Hamilton has the strongest GDP of all New Zealand cities More...



     Today's News

    Rugby:
    Expect a fresh faced Irish side to be named this afternoon to face the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on Wednesday night 11:09

    International:
    Does Australia need Tasmania to become a multi-billion-dollar 'Battery of the Nation'? 11:09

    Entertainment:
    Natalie Imbruglia feels "shy" about her body 10:51

    Cricket:
    The Black Caps will play home tests against England and Sri Lanka as well as a heavy diet of white ball cricket this home international summer 10:49

    Motoring:
    Drivers will soon be able to put their pedal to the metal on more sections of Waikato's Expressway 10:49

    Law and Order:
    Police have identified a woman whose body was found in Kau Bay, Miramar 10:29

    Entertainment:
    Chris Hemsworth did "a lot of work" to prepare for his nude scene in 'Thor: Love and Thunder' 10:21

    Entertainment:
    SEGA has finally confirmed that Michael Jackson composed the music for 'Sonic the Hedgehog 3' 9:51

    Business:
    An economic report shows Hamilton has the strongest GDP of all New Zealand cities 9:29

    Entertainment:
    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sent a powerful message to Glastonbury-goers, urging them to join the war-torn country in "defending freedom" amid the Russian invasion 9:21


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2022 New Zealand City Ltd