Billie Eilish is taking a break from social media.
During a Wednesday episode of the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast, the 21-year-old singer opened up about her internet use, and revealed she’s actually deleted all social media apps from her phone — and is Happier Than Ever because of it!
Conan initiated the revelation after recalling a time when “it didn’t exist,” warning, “checking it out is not going to help the creative process.” The My Strange Addiction singer quickly chimed in, responding:
“I don’t look at it anymore. I deleted it all off my phone, which is such a huge deal for me. Cause dude, you didn’t have the internet to grow up with. For me, it was such a big part of — not my childhood, I wasn’t an iPad baby, thank god — but honestly, I feel like I grew up in the perfect time of the internet that it wasn’t so internet-y that I didn’t have a childhood — I really had such a childhood and I was doing stuff all the time.”
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She added of the tech that was available to her at the time:
“It was, like, computers, and games on computers, but barely. We were doing stuff.”
However, as many Gen Z kids will be able to relate to, as the Bad Guy singer grew up, more and more advanced technology hit the market:
“And then when I became a pre-teen, there were iPhones, and as I got a little older, there was all of what has become, but being a pre-teen and a teenager on the internet, those were my people, I was one of them.”
But as the seven-time Grammy award winner began to draw acclaim, she grew a disdain for seeing herself as the subject of online posts and discussions, as she felt nothing inside of her as a person had actually changed:
“To within myself feel like nothings changed, but suddenly I’m doing what I’ve always done and looking at the internet… and to change nothing about the person I am and the life that I live, and to just keep doing what I do over the years, and slowly, the videos that I’m watching, and things that I see on the internet are, like, about me — ewww, stinky, I don’t like that.”
She then cited a recent post she came across online that was titled, “Billie Eilish is a horrible person,” which seemed “so serious.” She explained:
“It’s just such a crazy reality that I live in, like, that’s my face, that’s my name, that’s me — oh, interesting. It’s these definitive statements that they know are right — somehow, they know, somebody told them — God came down and said, ‘This is the truth about Billie, and you know it for a fact, and you don’t know her, but this is the truth and you have to tell everybody about it.’ And everyone’s going to believe it.”
“That’s the other thing that freaks me out about the internet is how gullible it makes you. Anything I read on the internet, I believe. Me. I know for a fact that’s stupid, and I shouldn’t do that because I have proof it’s not all true; almost none of it’s true.”
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Listen to the full conversation (below):
Billie has definitely had her fair share of internet criticism, so we don’t blame her for just taking a step back altogether.
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[Image via Billie Eilish/Instagram]
Originally published at perezhilton.com