“I’ve been watchin’ you for some time / Can’t stop starin’ at those ocean eyes / Burning cities and napalm skies / Fifteen flares inside those ocean eyes / Your ocean eyes” – croons multi-platinum seller, Grammy winner American singer Billie Eilish kicking off her coming-of-age documentary titled Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry which released on February 26 on Apple TV+. From a teen making songs with her brother, producer Finneas in their bedroom to becoming a superstar with the release of her debut album ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’, it’s a story of a musical prodigy but a story that resonates with millions.
But, how did it all begin? Who is Billie Eilish in real life? From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, this documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just 17-years-old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording, and releasing her debut album. Bollywood Hungama brings you some of the top moments from the documentary. There are spoilers so come back after you’ve watched the documentary.
Billie Eilish started her musical journey in her humble abode in Los Angeles living with her parents and brother Finneas. She would make music with her older brother in their bedroom and at the age of 13, she released her first track ‘Ocean Eyes’ which was later released by her label. It was then when times were changing for her as she began to gain attention online for her unique voice and the heartbreaking emotions she would portray through the songs.
Since the very beginning, she had a vision for the album, what she wanted to release – her notes are filled with drawings, recording demo video for the music video she wants to bring to life, seeing the vision unfold in front of her eyes, recording more songs in the bedroom, releasing music that resonates with the fans and the gest to give performances to the fans to remember! From making music in the bedroom to becoming a Grammy winner to scoring the theme song for the James Bond movie Not Time To Die, it is a ride to remember!
STRONG FAMILY BOND
Time and again, Billie and Finneas have proven their understanding of each other is amazing! Having an older brother by her side in this superstardom who not only produces but also writes along with her, he has always been a huge support system throughout their musical years. One can witness in this special documentary that even when Billie is self-doubting or feeling she did not give her 100 percent on stage, her brother and her parents are often seen giving her much-needed assurance, love, and support through and through.
Billie Eilish, though is quite private about her personal life, has opened up about dating Brandon Adams, who goes by the name Q. You see their relationship in bits and they are just like any other couple in love with multiple ‘I love you’ conversations. Eventually, they parted ways. “I didn’t want the same things he wanted and I don’t think that’s fair,” she explained in the documentary sitting in her New York hotel room during the world tour. “I don’t think you should be in a relationship super-excited about things the other person couldn’t care less about. There was a lack of effort. Like dude, you don’t even have enough love to love yourself so you can’t love me and you don’t.” Admitting she can’t get over him and still loves him, she added, “I can’t fix him. I tried.”
Every artist, once in their lifetime, wants to perform at the Coachella music festival. Getting an opportunity to be on the grand stage, the 17-year-old nailed it though she wasn’t quite happy with her performance. Her family assured her that what she did on stage was surreal!
SOME DUDE WITH KATY PERRY
Before she headed to the stage of Coachella, Katy Perry, who was also in the lineup, wanted to meet the young musician. They met as Katy shared wisdom that the next 10 years would be like whirlwind and she ever needs to talk to someone, Billie can call her. Perry also mentioned that her fiance Orlando Bloom is a huge fan and that they play Eilish’s songs in the car. Back in their waiting room, Eilish was absolutely surprised to know that Bloom was none other than Will Turner from Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, and the man whose leaked images were all over the internet! She said, “I thought he was some dude with Katy Perry.” Later on, they meet again and Bloom hugged her and gave her solid appreciation for her music.
GETTING HER LICENSE
It’s such an important part of everyone’s lives to get your driving license, to be able to feel independent enough and go out into the world. She experiences the same emotions of giving the driver’s test, passing it, and then finally getting her license.
It’s no secret that Billie Eilish has admired Justin Bieber since her growing years. In the documentary, you do witness how she goes from fangirling about him to him actually wanted to collaborate with on ‘Bad Guy’ remix, their emotional meeting at Coachella during Ariana Grande’s set to becoming friends, eventually. After their first meet, he left an emotional note for her marveling at her talent, aura and hoping all good things come her way. This was a surreal moment for Eilish but quite an important part. Bieber witnessed everything change around him when ‘Baby’ blew up. All his life has been in the public eye – the ups and downs. To encourage a young teen prodigy and being there for her was a moment to cherish.
MENTAL HEALTH AND TOURETTE’S ATTACKS
Eilish has been open about her mental health and the reason her songs have been vulnerable, emotional, and talk about the intensity of going through lows in your life. The teenage angst, growing up in the limelight, not able to dance anymore due to injury, but more importantly experiencing these emotions of sadness and keeping it raw and real is what makes this documentary realistic! She also talks about writing some of the darkest thoughts that came to her mind and penning them in her notebook. We also see her get Tourette’s attacks while talking to her marketing manager. It is a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds called tics, that they can’t control.
LOVE FOR FANS
Throughout the documentary, one thing that remains constant is her immense love for her fans. Starting from the first show to the last one, she continues to cherish these moments through meet and greet, intimate showcases, hugs, letters, clicking photos with them. “I’d look into the crowd, and I see all these faces. So many different feelings and heartbreak. And every single person in there, you know, is going through something good or bad, or horrible or amazing, you know? The least I could do is make art that I make because I have the same problems,” she said.
PRESSURES OF BEING IN LIMELIGHT
In recent times, the documentary Framing Britney Spears has sparked conversations again about unrealistic standards that are set for young/teen popstars who can’t have one bad moment. A situation occurs where Eilish has to click pictures with some “randos”. She expresses her feelings about how she can’t have one down moment after reading a comment that she was rude the previous night. Her mother and team apologized for failing her at the time she was not feeling good enough to meet people that night. Though she has a strong group of understanding people, it was a heartbreaking moment that gave a glimpse into the life of a teenager whose life had changed so drastically!
It all leads to the finale of the documentary – the award-winning night. Given that Eilish saw her world change within few years including sweeping four main Grammy categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist). with Finneas taking Producer Of The Year, this is an experience for her family. Soon, she turns 18 and life has become grander for her than it was before!
Overall, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry is 2 hours 21 mins long with back and forth between stage shows, musical performances of her hits, and why not? Billie Eilish’s life has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and the audience deserves to see this never-before-seen side of her. A young girl with dreams, aspirations, dealing with issues just like any other teenager, and more! The idea was to shoot this documentary in sitcom-style The Office – the close-ups, homemade videos made this experience more intimate and personal. From a self-doubting teenager to becoming more confident in herself, Billie Eilish’s documentary shows the life of a famous popstar who is still discovering herself but isn’t stopping herself from taking risks in her musical endeavors.
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