Billie Eilish is spreading awareness about living with Tourette’s syndrome.
The Grammy-award winner recently opened up about his neurological disorder in an interview with David Letterman for his Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”
Eilish was diagnosed at age 11 with Tourette’s, a condition characterized by uncontrolled repetitive movements or unwanted sounds known as tics.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tics are involuntary and can manifest in gestures, such as blinking eyes frequently, shrugging shoulders and slurring offensive words.
“If you film me long enough, you’re going to see a lot of ticks,” Eilish told Letterman.
The “Ocean Eyes” singer shared that people sometimes misunderstand her tics during social interactions.
“The most common way that people react is that they laugh because they think I’m trying to be funny,” she said. “And I’m always incredibly hurt by it.”
Most of her tics have worsened, but Eilish reveals that she still has some mild ones that go unnoticed by others.
“These are things you would never pay attention to if you’re having a conversation with me,” the 20-year-old said. “But for me, they are very exhausting.”
Eilish is not alone in her struggle. He found that the disorder was more common than he had initially thought and revealed that other cast members have told her about their fight with Tourette.
“What’s weird is that so many people have it that you’ll never know,” she said. “A duet artist came forward and said, ‘I really always have Tourette’s.'”
The pop star did not reveal the name of any artist out of respect for privacy. “I’m not going to call them out because they don’t want to talk about it, but it was really interesting to me.”
Eilish, who is currently traveling on her “Happier Than Ever World Tour”, said she does not experience tics while performing. “When I’m walking, I don’t last at all.”
The young musician shared with Letterman that over time she has become more comfortable discussing the disorder, despite not having all the answers.
“I really like answering questions about it because it’s so interesting, and I’m incredibly obsessed with it,” Eilish said. “I didn’t understand.”