In an emotional speech at Tuesday night’s BRIT Awards, Billie Eilish said even during an outpouring of accolades, she’s coping with plenty of haters.
Billie Eilish, was awarded Best International Female Solo artist at the ceremony, where she also sang her new Bond song, “No Time to Die” for the first time.
She was presented the honors by fellow pop legend Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm.
“I’ve felt very hated recently. And, when I was on the stage and I saw you guys all smiling at me,” Billie Eilish said breathlessly. “It genuinely made me wanna cry. And I wanna cry right now, so thank you.”
Billie’s uncharacteristically lengthy speech capped a year of nonstop awards for the singer, who swept the 2020 Grammys with the most trophies of the night, including Record of the Year for “Bad Guy” and Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
But the success has taken its toll on the young pop star, who created her award-winning album with her brother Finneas O’Connell in their childhood home in Los Angeles.
This week, she said she had to stop reading Instagram comments for the sake of her mental health, and that the online hate is getting to be too much.
“I stopped reading comments fully,” Billie Eilish told “BBC Breakfast.” “It was ruining my life … The cooler the things you get to do are, the more people hate you. It’s crazy.”
She went to say that “the internet is just a bunch of trolls, you know? And the problem is that a lot of it is really funny. I think that’s the issue — that’s why nobody really stops, because it’s funny.”
See others who won awards during the Brit Awards Tuesday night;
British male: Stormzy
British female: Mabel
British group: Foals
Rising star: Celeste
Best new artist: Lewis Capaldi
Best song: Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
Best album: Dave – “Psychodrama”
International male: Tyler, the Creator
International female: Billie Eilish