Billie Eilish, a 19-year-old pop superstar, recently released a movie/documentary called The World’s a Little Blurry. This film documents her life starting from her first hit at age 14 and how her career only skyrocketed from there. She tackles topics like mental health, physical health, relationships, family, and so much more in the 2.5-hour special.
Not only do we see a sneak peek into her life, but the life of teenage stardom as a whole.
Billie was born in California and grew up in an intensely musical household. Both of her parents were musicians, as well as her brother, Finneas, who helps create her music. Her first song, Ocean Eyes, hit the radio in 2016 and the rest of her music soon followed. Since then, she produced a full album in 2019 called When We All Fall Asleep, Where do We Go?, which features hits like Bad Guy, xanny, and i love you. Her music is known around the world and she acts as a role model to fans everywhere.
What does stardom look like for her?
It’s not as glamorous as we think. In the documentary, we see the intense hours, rigorous training, and taxing tours. We see her grow up, get her driver’s license, watch her fall in love, go through a breakup, see how she got injured on tour… Just because she’s a musical sensation, doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone through the typical teenage things.
Coming from someone who is significantly older than her, her story is still incredibly inspiring.
I’ll admit, I even teared up during the movie. Why? We see stardom take a toll on such a young person. It’s sad, it’s frustrating, it’s infuriating, but, in the end, it’s encouraging. We also see how her family has affected who she is both as a person and as a musician. Within the first few minutes, Billie accredits her success to her family. With supportive parents and a creative brother, we see the positive energy she shares with her family.
Family has been an element of her success throughout her whole life and music career, and it shows the importance of a positive family dynamic.
We also see the physical issues that Billie has to face. Born with Tourette’s Syndrome, Billie shows her struggles with that in relation to her career. We see her go through a “tic attack” which is related to the stress and exhaustion that she faces.
Another element of Billie’s story is her relationship and breakup.
In the movie, we’re introduced to Billie’s now ex-boyfriend, Brandon Adams (stage name 7:AMP). Their budding relationship is shown through phone calls and meet-ups behind the scenes and, eventually, the couple separates due to a difference in what they wanted in the long run. Even though breakups are nothing new, it’s hard to see this happen to a young girl who is thrown in the middle of a very evasive lifestyle. It makes us hurt for her even more.
Another powerful thing we see in Billie’s movie is the physical toll that this lifestyle takes on her.
When touring, she goes through multiple injuries, especially torn ligaments in her leg from her contagious energy and dancing on stage. We see her go through physical therapy and braces and casts. But, despite all of that, Billie still brings her energy and wants to give her fans the best performance that she possibly can.
So, what’s next for her?
After multiple Grammy nominations and wins, Billie continues to make music for the pop world and it’s crazy to think that her career is really just getting started. Her new song, Therefore I Am, has hit the radios and is already known worldwide. I have no doubt that we’ll continue to be blown away by her incredible talent for making music and touching lives.
Watch Billie’s movie exclusively on AppleTV+.
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Emmie Pombo is a latte and tattoo-loving Tennessean who specializes in mental health and beauty writing. She holds a degree in Journalism and a certification in Makeup Artistry and Airbrushing. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.