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Billie Eilish has, seemingly overnight, become one of the most recognizable young pop stars in the music industry. Thanks to her dark aesthetic and cool yet creepy sound, she has a vast array of fans both young and old.
Despite the huge success of the 17-year-old musician's career, there are significant drawbacks to a life in the spotlight. Recently she landed the coveted front cover spot of Rolling Stone magazine and opened up to Petra Collins about dealing with fame and struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-harm.
Eilish explained in a Rolling Stone segment how it felt to know her music had reached a substantial audience for the first time.
Eilish realized that her song "Ocean Eyes," released when she was in high school, was a hit after it quickly reached 1,000 streams on Soundcloud. Now, of course, it has garnered millions of listens on a variety of streaming music platforms.
"I remember one of those days. I think it was like a day after we had put 'Ocean Eyes' out, and I remember I was sitting in Starbucks... my brother called me, and he was like, 'Dude, 'Ocean Eyes' has a thousand plays.'"
From then on, Eilish continued to receive more critical acclaim and success. But with that fame came anxious feelings and depression.