In the new AppleTV documentary Billie Eilish: the world a bit fuzzy, director RJ Cutler captures the kind of chaotic and exciting year in the life of a pop star that few filmmakers access. The documentary follows Eilish from the final weeks of recording her huge debut album. When we all fall asleep, where do we go? to the 2020 Grammys, where it swept all four major categories. Much of the film flows like home video, with Eilish’s parents and producer brother Finneas O’Connell recording some of the most intimate moments of their rapid rise to the top of the charts. The world a little blurry It offers a window into the teen superstar’s private world, even the parts she previously kept hidden from the public eye.
Here are eight things we learned about Eilish in the new movie.
1. Drawings inspired by Eilish songs became music video concepts.
Eilish has outlined the concepts for many of her songs in her journal, and many of those drawings have also become part of her music videos. In the video for the single “When the Party’s Over,” his plan had always been to start “bleeding black” from his eyes. He even screen-tested the idea in his backyard, with his mother sitting at a table and drinking from an empty glass, while his father scooped up dog poop in the background. The video came to life just as she had envisioned: the singer drinks a black liquid only to have it flow from her eyes as the song progresses.
2. Finneas hid the label’s request for the couple to write a hit about their sister.
Eilish had been gaining popularity long before When we all fall asleep was released, so while preparing for its debut, there was immense pressure for the album to produce a hit. His brother Finneas had to hide requests for his label for a great single from his little sister, even when they were recording in the tight spaces of his childhood room. “It feels like a kind of minefield to me,” he tells his mom, who is filming him in her kitchen. “They told me to write a hit, but they told me not to tell Billie that we have to write a hit.” As they neared the album’s finish line, Eilish became more annoyed with the songwriting process, especially due to her own concern for people hating the final product. “You can’t trick her into writing a song,” advises her mother.
3. There was a concern that her stance against drugs and alcohol would make her look like a hypocrite later.
In interviews and songs like “Xanny”, Eilish makes it clear that she is against drug and alcohol use, especially in excessive amounts. When one of Eilish’s associates points out that her teenage views on these substances could backfire on her later in life if she ever decides to start drinking, smoking or using drugs, the star’s mother stands up for her daughter’s right to change your mind. “Aren’t you going to let her be true to what she is now in case she grows up and takes drugs?” Eilish’s mom says.
4. Justin Bieber has gone from being a childhood crush to being a confidante.
Before becoming a teen idol, Eilish grew up obsessed with Justin Bieber. He was her hero and her ultimate love. So when Bieber reached out via Instagram asking to collaborate at the time of his album’s release, she was in awe. They decided to remix their single “Bad Guy”, even though they hadn’t met yet. When they finally met at Coachella while Ariana Grande was on stage, Eilish burst into tears while hugging her. He ended up writing her a long and thoughtful message after the meeting, explaining how her reaction reminded him why he does what he does and offering words of comfort and support. He even FaceTimeed Eilish to congratulate her after she swept through the “big four” Grammys in early 2020.
5. He fell in love and broke his heart while promoting his debut album.
Eilish has largely kept her love life private as she has grown more famous, so the confirmation of her relationship with Brandon Adams, a fellow musician known as Q, is one of the biggest reveals in the documentary. In the movie, Eilish makes it clear that she is in love with Q, but has a hard time finding him while on tour and, worse yet, when he is at home in Los Angeles, where he also lives. Her parents seem supportive of the relationship, but they are also cautious. “I heard that he broke his hand because he was angry and hit the wall,” her father notes when Eilish decides to visit her injured boyfriend shortly after getting his driver’s license. “We have never known where he lived, nor any of them,” says his father in conversation with his mother after she left. The final straw in the relationship is a conversation Eilish and Q have before she performs on Pier 17 in New York. Without feeling supported, Eilish breaks up with him forever.
6. The tours have already affected your physical health.
The busiest year of the rising star’s life was compounded by numerous physical ailments. While she had an intense schedule of tours around the world, she got sore on her shins and pulled her neck. She continued to act, but due to life and career stresses, as well as her Tourette syndrome, Eilish had to start seeing physical therapists, who advised her to slow down.
7. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are huge fans.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom also revealed how much they sympathize with Eilish backstage at Coachella. Perry and Eilish even had a heartfelt conversation, with the veteran megastar offering to speak with Eilish whenever the newly famous singer needed to vent or seek advice. When Eilish returned to her trailer, she revealed that she had no idea who Bloom was initially, and had to show her photos of him. pirates of the Caribbean. “I thought he was just a guy that Katy Perry met,” says Eilish. She rectified this later, meeting and hugging Bloom once more in the VIP area. “Now I know who it is,” he tells the camera.
8. He hated his performance at Coachella.
During her highly anticipated Coachella debut, Eilish endured a series of hardships. The huge screens behind her were not working properly, causing a delay. Then, while singing “All Good Girls Go to Hell,” he changed the verses and awkwardly tried to perform it with the audience as he continued the song. Afterwards, she was beside herself, upset about how the performance went and begging her boyfriend to come see her. (As we learn in the movie, he did not appear).