What is Tourette Syndrome? Billie Eilish opens up about the syndrome and explains her tics.


Billie Eilish is a Grammy Award-winning singer, fashion icon, dedicated advocate and person with Tourette Syndrome. Diagnosis, she says, is what makes her special.

The singer-songwriter spoke with a former late-night host about fame, music and her upbringing in a special filmed as part of the series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

A change in lighting in the room caused Billie Eilish to tick at some point.

“If you shoot me long enough, I get a lot of tics,” she explained. “I don’t care. Strange, I didn’t talk about it at all.

Billie Eilish suffers from physical tics.

Billie Eilish had previously expressed dissatisfaction with her tics, but now she tells Letterman that it’s “part” of her. “I made friends with it, so I’m pretty sure now,” she says.

A 20-year-old singer says that when she performs, the tick disappears when she concentrates on something and moves around. “I don’t tick when I move,” she explained.

Billie Eilish said, “I don’t tics at all.” Put your arm here, bend this arm and flex this muscle.”

It’s clear that Billie’s Tourette syndrome didn’t prevent her from succeeding, but admits that she felt more lonely at the diagnosis before she became famous.

What is Tourette Syndrome?

According to the CDC, Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes repetitive and involuntary convulsions, movements, or sounds.

Letterman then admits “I sinned”, believing “I said something that offended you.” “Oh, she’s tired of me.” I thought about it.

“I’m happy to talk about it,” she adds. “I enjoy answering questions about it because it is both fascinating and embarrassing at the same time.” “I don’t know.”

Eilish admits that she “disliked” her symptoms, but now sees them as “part” of her. “I made friends with it, so I’m pretty confident about it now,” she says.

Ankita Khanra

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Ankita Khanrah is a sophomore in the Masters Program in Communication and Journalism (Integrated) at the KIIT Deemed University School of Mass Communication in Bhubaneswar.

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