Is it just us or are the prodigiously brilliant getting younger? Last year, at age 17, Billie Eilish’s album sold more than any other in the States and she hit six billion streams on Spotify. This year she has become the youngest artist to win all four major Grammys at once and released an instantly classic Bond theme. So what’s behind such incredible early genius? What creates it? Where’s the motivation? What is the cost? We met the star who speaks for and to a generation that came of age in lockdown and found intelligent candour and wounds that time has not yet healed. On the imperative of graft and the embarrassment of plaudits; on body image and on the conflict of desire; and on the terrible scrutiny of social media that took her to the brink of suicide: this is Billie Eilish…


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