Billie Eilish is publishing her family photos: ‘It made me miss a lot of parts of my life’May 8, 2021
Ahead of her new album, the singer is publishing her childhood snaps as a book, showing life before her rise to fame at just 14. Now 19, she says she ‘wouldn’t do it differently’
The small girl in the photo, sitting at a piano while singing into a toy microphone, could be any child. But she is Billie Eilish: one of the world’s biggest stars from the age of 14, famous for her dreamy and moody brand of pop, the singer of the next James Bond theme. Now just 19, she is on the precipice of launching her second album, Happier Than Ever, and fresh from relaunching herself; her bleached locks and vixenesque makeover on the cover of Vogue this week launched a thousand thinkpieces. But before the album, she is releasing a quieter project: a book of her family snaps that gives fans glimpses into her childhood, and non-fans a rather poignant insight into the strangeness of fame.
Eilish loves her family photo albums, but she won’t risk taking them on the road with her as “they are way too valuable,” she tells the Guardian. “I love going through them when I’m home though, I always make a point to sit and go through them every now and then.”