News | Entertainment
5 Jul 2022 12:01
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
     05 Jul: Jena Frumes claims she was "disrespected" and "cheated on" by Jason Derulo
     05 Jul: Cardi B is determined to confront her fears
     05 Jul: Iggy Azalea refuses to let social media dictate her life
     05 Jul: Jamie Campbell Bower felt "in charge" playing Vecna in 'Stranger Things'
     05 Jul: Lindsay Lohan has married Bader Shammas
     05 Jul: Elliot Page is on his "first dating app ever"
     05 Jul: Sarah Ferguson was in "fairytale land" when she married Prince Andrew and would "do it all over again" if she could
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Hamilton's Waikato Stadium and Auckland's North Harbour Stadium have been announced as host cities for the first play-off tournament at the women's World Cup next year More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Former workers of a Dunedin bakery will finally see the total compensation owed to them More...



     Today's News

    Business:
    Former workers of a Dunedin bakery will finally see the total compensation owed to them 11:49

    Entertainment:
    Jena Frumes claims she was "disrespected" and "cheated on" by Jason Derulo 11:38

    Business:
    Business confidence has dropped to its weakest level since March 2020 11:19

    Law and Order:
    A group of people, reportedly gang members, have been seen fighting with weapons this morning on Te Heuheu Street in Taupo 11:09

    Entertainment:
    Cardi B is determined to confront her fears 11:08

    Law and Order:
    A relative of a murdered five-year-old says she had fears about his welfare before his death 10:59

    Entertainment:
    Iggy Azalea refuses to let social media dictate her life 10:38

    Business:
    Credit demand is softening, as interest rates increase 10:09

    Entertainment:
    Jamie Campbell Bower felt "in charge" playing Vecna in 'Stranger Things' 10:08

    International:
    The Loop: Six killed in July 4 shooting, interest rates on the rise, Kyrgios reaches Wimbledon quarter-finals 9:59


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2022 New Zealand City Ltd