Billie Eilish Gets Candid About Living With Tourette Syndrome and Why She Feels ‘Confident’ Now

Billie Eilish shared what it’s like to live with Tourette’s syndrome and have tics. The 20-year-old Grammy Award winner spoke candidly about the neurological disorder, while appearing on David Letterman’s show netflix talk show’My next guest needs no introduction‘.

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“I’m very happy to talk about it. I actually really like answering questions about it because it’s very, very interesting, and I’m incredibly confused and I don’t understand,” she said of her condition.

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“I never do any tics at all, because the main tics that I do constantly, all day, are like, I wiggle my ear back and forth and raise my eyebrow and click my jaw…and flex my arm here and flex this arm, flex these muscles. These are things that you’ll never notice if you’re just having a conversation with me, but for me, it’s very exhausting. Eilish continued.

The singer added that she was diagnosed when she was just 11 and had “little” tics as a child.

She explained to Letterman that “the most common way people react is to laugh,” because they think she’s trying to be “funny.” “They think I’m [ticcing] like a fun move… And I’m still incredibly offended by that…”

Dr. Praveen Gupta, director, neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, had already said that the exact cause of the disease is unknown. He added that the cause could be traced to “poor brain development” which can make it difficult to “engage or interact with people”, and it usually starts in childhood.

Depending on the doctor, tics can be genetic or environmental, including motor and visual tics. Since tics are involuntary muscle spasms, they consist of sudden, intermittent contractions of a group of muscles. The most common forms are:

– Turn signal
– sniff
– Clear your throat
– Growls
– Grimacing
– Head movements
– Shoulder movements

In her interview, Eilish added that since it’s part of her, she feels confident now. “It’s not like I like it, but I feel like it’s… part of me. I made friends with him. And so now I’m pretty confident in that.

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