Billie Eilish Doesn’t Like The Word Fans

“They always have my back.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Billie Eilish attends 2021 Costume Institute Benefit – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Drew noted that Billie mentioned in this year’s documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry that she doesn’t like the word “fans” to refer to her listeners.

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“You said something that really struck me in the documentary,” Drew asked. “You really have this issue with the word fans and I was wondering where that stems from?”

“I think that the reason that it was so weird to me,” she replied, “was because one moment I was a fan and then suddenly I was looked at as this like higher up suddenly, even when I was 14, and it was so weird because I was like I am not even anyone.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Billie Eilish arrives to the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

“I just make music and these kids that I feel like I already know suddenly like, ‘Oh they are Billie’s fans and then there is Billie.’”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Billie Eilish attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

“So that’s why it was so weird to me because I think of them like literally my skin, like part of me and like I how I get through stuff. They always have my back.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Billie Eilish attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“They are fans just as much as I am a fan,” she concluded, “but that doesn’t make them any less than me or anybody else you know?”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 30: Billie Eilish attends “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles” Worldwide Premiere at The Grove on August 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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