Getting Real

Billie Eilish’s new era is sapphic, X-rated, and unfiltered

Ahead of her new album Hit Me Hard and Soft, Billie Eilish is getting candid about her queerness — including her passions for sex, masturbation, and eating girls out.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Eilish kicked off her new era by talking about her upcoming song “Lunch,” which recently went viral after a snippet was played at Coachella. Its lyrics are all about wanting a girl so badly, Eilish could devour her: “I could eat that girl for lunch / Yeah, she dances on my tongue,” she sings on the chorus.

“That song was actually part of what helped me become who I am, to be real,” Eilish said. “I wrote some of it before even doing anything with a girl, and then wrote the rest after. I’ve been in love with girls for my whole life, but I just didn’t understand — until, last year, I realized I wanted my face in a vagina.”

What a statement to make during Lesbian Visibility Week! Eilish also addressed her unofficial red carpet coming out, where a comment to a reporter set the world to speculating on her sexuality.

“I was never planning on talking about my sexuality ever, in a million years. It’s really frustrating to me that it came up,” Eilish said. “The whole world suddenly decided who I was, and I didn’t get to say anything or control any of it. Nobody should be pressured into being one thing or the other, and I think that there’s a lot of wanting labels all over the place.” 

“Dude, I’ve known people that don’t know their sexuality, or feel comfortable with it, until they’re in their forties, fifties, sixties,” she continued. “It takes a while to find yourself, and I think it’s really unfair, the way that the internet bullies you into talking about who you are and what you are.”

Preach, Billie!

Eilish also opened up about how she likes to decompress: sex.

“I basically talk about sex any time I possibly can. That’s literally my favorite topic,” Eilish said. “My experience as a woman has been that it’s seen in such a weird way. People are so uncomfortable talking about it, and weirded out when women are very comfortable in their sexuality and communicative in it. I think it’s such a frowned-upon thing to talk about, and I think that should change. You asked me what I do to decompress? That sh*t can really, really save you sometimes, just saying. Can’t recommend it more, to be real.”

But Eilish can have a good time all by herself, too. “I should have a Ph.D. in masturbation,” she said, recommending that everyone spend more time touching themselves.

“TMI, but self-pleasure is an enormous, enormous part of my life, and a huge, huge help for me,” she said. “People should be jerking it, man. I can’t stress it enough, as somebody with extreme body issues and dysmorphia that I’ve had my entire life.”

“Partly because it’s hot, but it also makes me have such a raw, deep connection to myself and my body, and have a love for my body that I have not really ever had,” she continued. “I got to say, looking at yourself in the mirror and thinking ‘I look really good right now’ is so helpful. You can manufacture the situation you’re in to make sure you look good. You can make the light super dim, you can be in a specific outfit or in a specific position that’s more flattering. I have learned that looking at myself and watching myself feel pleasure has been an extreme help in loving myself and accepting myself, and feeling empowered and comfortable.”

Eilish’s new album Hit Me Hard and Soft releases on May 17.

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