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‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’ dissects the mind so candidly, yet perplexingly, on display in the teenage pop phenomenon’s raw and confessional lyrics.
The in-depth snapshot of the whirlwind few years since the 19-year-old megastar became the biggest star on the planet, offers a fly-on-the-wall look at the warts-and-all experience of being in the spotlight, all while dealing with the raging emotions of adolescence.
For all the meltdowns, anxiety, loneliness, and battles with her inner demons, Eilish is a female fully in charge of her creative output, brand and person, who won’t take bullshit from anyone.
Here’s some key takeaways from the much-lauded R.J. Cutler Apple TV+ documentary...
1. Eilish thought people would dislike her for belting on her James Bond theme, ‘No Time To Die’. "It sounds awful. I'm going to get made fun of. The internet is going to be mean if I do it … if I belt.”
2. Her brother and songwriting partner, Finneas, had to keep from his sibling that her record label had asked them to write a big hit. He told their mom, Maggie Baird: “It feels like kind of a minefield for me ... I’ve been told to write a hit but I’ve been told to not tell Billie that we have to write a hit.” Maggie replied: “You can’t trick her into writing a song.”
3. She got her heart broken by secret boyfriend Q (rapper 7:AMP aka Brandon Adams).
4. Eilish has a solid network of support around her with her close-knit family, and in her childhood crush-turned-confidant, Justin Bieber, along with Katy Perry, who offered to give her some advice on dealing with the crazy roller-coaster ride of pop superstardom backstage at Coachella.
5. She battles with self-doubt and contemplated not releasing a second album to follow-up her record-breaking debut, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’.
Directed by | R.J. Cutler
Cast | Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird, Patrick O’Connell
Rating | R / 15
Run Time | 2 hr 20 min
'Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry' is out now on Apple TV+