Billie Eilish steps back from social media

Billie Eilish has deleted social media apps from her phone.



Billie Eilish has stepped away from social media
Billie Eilish has stepped away from social media

Billie Eilish has stopped looking at social media.

The 21-year-old singer admitted she has deleted a number of apps from her phone to avoid the temptation to keep mindlessly scrolling when she could be doing other things.

Nothing the gesture was "such a huge deal" for her, she said on the 'Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend' podcast: "I don't look at it anymore. I've deleted it all off my phone...

"I feel like I grew up in the perfect time of the internet when it wasn't so internet-y that I didn't have a childhood. I really had such a childhood and I was doing stuff all the time.

"It was computers and games on computers, but barely. We were doing stuff. And then when I became a preteen there were iPhones, and then I got a little older and there was all of what [the internet] has become."

The 'Happier Than Ever' hitmaker admitted she feels uncomfortable seeing how she herself has become the focus of online scrutiny.

She said: "Being a preteen and a teenager on the internet, those were my people. I was one of them. I was one of those people on the internet.

"And then to, within myself, feel like nothing changed, that I'm doing what I've always done and... to just keep doing what I do over the years, and slowly the videos I'm watching and the things I see on the internet are about me. I'm like, 'Ew! Stinky! I don't like that.' "

And even though she's seen how many untruths have been written about her, the 'bad guy' hitmaker is still "gullible" enough to believe what she reads online.

She said: "Anything I read on the internet I believe. Me! And I know for a fact that's stupid and I shouldn't do that because I have proof that it's not all true. Almost none of it's true.

"It's, like, little things, small white lies that goes over everybody's head, but everyone believes."

"There will be a photo of me somewhere at the gym and then I'll see paparazzi photos there and that's what I was doing and it says like, 'Billie Eilish in Hollywood going to a studio to work on her new album.

"That's such a small lie, but I'm like, 'Why would you even need to lie about that?' It just is very strange and then it makes me like, 'Wow, how much was a lie that I was reading when I was looking at the internet all those years?'"