The 21-year-old Grammy winner told the magazine, “Going through my teenage years of hating myself and all that stupid s–t, a lot of it came from my anger toward my body and how mad I was at how much pain it’s caused me and how much I’ve lost because of things that happened to it.”
Billie suffered from a growth plate injury in her hip when she was only 13. It shattered her dream of becoming a dancer but it paved the way for her to focus more on music instead.
According to her, “I got injured right after we made ‘Ocean Eyes,'” referring to her 2015 song. “Music kind of replaced dancing.”
Years after the incident, she would experience lower body injuries and eventually discovered that she had hypermobility.
The singer shared, “I felt like my body was gaslighting me for years. I had to go through a process of being like, my body is actually me. And it’s not out to get me.”
Billie has been open about her struggles with her body. In fact, she even rejected the idea of wearing skintight clothing as a singer.
The “Happier Than Ever” singer told The Guardian, “I just have to disassociate. We only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive. It’s ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?”
Billie also talked about her climate activism and how she’s doing her share in raising awareness about the planet. She told Vogue, “I’ve spent all of my effort trying not to be in people’s faces about it, because people don’t respond well to that. It makes the causes that you believe in look bad, because you’re, like, annoying the s–t out of everybody.”
Instead of telling people what to do, Billie said, “I’m just going to tell you why I do this.”