Monday, May 27, 2024

Billie Eilish Tells Lana Del Rey in New Interview She Scrolls TikTok Looking at Negative Videos About How She’s a “Horrible Person”


First of all, I didn’t even realize Interview magazine still existed.

But it does, apparently. And somehow they landed two of the world’s biggest pop-emo stars, Lana del Rey and Billie Eilish, on the cover.

Interscope Records labelmates, del Rey is releasing a new album called “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard?”

Eilish, who’s about 16 years younger, chats with del Rey and tells her what an influence she’s been on her career.

Eilish also reveals that she can’t stop looking at Tik Tok. She says: “I have this inevitable feeling of, “Oh, everyone hates me.” With the world of TikTok and social media, there is a level where it’s kind of true, because there are these videos. I’m lying in bed last night, and I go on TikTok because I’m falling asleep, and I just want to be mindless for a second, watch some funny videos…I keep scrolling and I’m thinking, “Billie, put your phone away. You’re getting tired.” Then I swipe to the next one and it’s a video with millions of likes and it’s something about how I’m a horrible person. And all these comments are like, “I’m so glad that you guys are seeing through her.” And I’m like, “Damn.”

Del Rey talks about privacy, as well: “Sometimes what I wanted was to move and be in the Midwest, and that clashed with what people thought was right. I had to dig really deep into my gut and be like, “Do you really want to do this? Do you want to make a career change?” Because I love to sing, but it’s been, like, 16 years or something. I felt like I had made this deal with the press, that because I hadn’t given very much information, I was entitled to a certain amount of privacy. But what was interesting is that it had the complete opposite effect. But it was so important for me to maintain this feeling that I could still go rogue, and I could still fucking have my ear to the streets and be at the same clubs as all my friends on the East Side.”

Good stuff. Welcome back from the dead, Interview, I knew you when!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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