Billie Eilish may only be 17, but she’s knocking down career milestones left and right like a seasoned musical pro. She checked off two major firsts for her career this week, performing on SNL and appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show—which can be a fun time, but can also result in a little more than a celeb bargains for. Like your parents revealing some intimate details about your origin story.
Eilish was in the Sirius XM studios with Stern on Monday morning where she performed her new single “All Good Girls Go To Hell” and talked about her meteoric rise in the music industry. Eilish was joined by her brother Finneas, who collaborates on much of her music, as well as her parents Maggie and Patrick O’Connell who stepped in at the end of the interview.
Looking for intel on how to produce a superstar child, Stern asked Billie’s parents about her conception, which led to the pair revealing they received some help from a fertility clinic. “So, Billie was built in a lab,” Stern joked, with Billie’s father adding, “I was alone in a dark room.” TMI, dad.
Couples using IVF to help with pregnancy is nothing new, but the shocking part was that Eilish was unaware of her beginnings. According to The Blast, Billie’s parents Maggie and Patrick revealed that after the birth of their son Finneas, they had trouble conceiving again, noting that Billie was the result of their fourth round of IVF. Eilish’s look of shock was narrated by Stern, who said “Billie, you look like you’re going to pass out.” She didn’t; but leave it to Howard Stern to ask a totally inappropriate question and get a very revealing and medically informative answer.
In addition to being blindsided about with the news of her beginnings, the superstar also spoke with Stern about why she’s happy that she found success so young. Billie skyrocketed to the top of the charts seemingly overnight this past year, earning eight gold and four platinum singles since releasing her debut EP Don’t Smile At Me in 2017. It’s an impressive feat for anyone, but even more so considering her age.
“Because it happened when I was 13, there’s a part of me that feels I did miss being a teenager, like I didn’t get to be a [normal] teenager,” said Eilish, who added that her opinion on fame at a young age is continuing to shift. “I get more and more grateful for it happening that young because I feel like, if it had happened later, people would be able to dig up dirt from when I was that age. If this hadn’t happened at that age, I would have been doing some reckless s–t.”
Eilish also told Stern that she has no idea how her new songs will be perceived, revealing that she thought people would hate her two biggest singles, including “Bad Guy,” which knocked Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ history-making “Old Town Road” from the number one spot. “I don’t know what people want anymore because I thought that everyone would hate ‘Bad Guy’ and that everyone would hate ‘When the Party’s Over.’ I don’t know what to expect now,” said Eilish.
Expect people to really, really, really love your music, Billie.