There are hundreds of quotes out there from celebrities who are grateful for their fame but share some of the downsides of being a household name. For Billie Eilish, it took her a while to come around to being famous, but now she “f*cking [loves] it.”
“The parts I hated three years ago, those are the parts that I’m digging now. Fame, in general, I used to just despise it, I hated everything about it. I hated being recognized, I hated not being able to go out, I hated not being able to post a place because then people would show up at that place wherever it was because they’d figure out where it is. And I felt stupid because I had this thing that like, is really cool, people would kill for, and I didn’t like it at all. And I was also forgetting that I was really, really depressed and that can make you hate almost anything. I don’t really know what changed, but I f*cking love fame. I love it. I definitely like what I’m doing with it. I feel more confident with it.”
She also said something similar during a 2019 interview with Vanity Fair: “I like being famous, but I used to hate it. I hated doing press and I hated being recognized and I hated kind of everything that had to do with it. There’s a lot in fame that’s f*cking gross and horrible and just miserable, but I’m very grateful for it, and it’s really rare and I’m very lucky, so I’m done with complaining about it.”
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