Billie Eilish says she's stopped reading online comments because 'it was ruining my life'

Billie Eilish has said she recently stopped reading comments on Instagram because “it was ruining my life.”

The 18-year-old singer — who has been propelled into the spotlight, winning five Grammys and singing the new James Bond theme “No Time To Die” — admitted she recently had to stop looking at what people were writing about her on social media.

Asked by the BBC if she read Instagram comments, Eilish said: “No, no I stopped like two days ago. Literally two days ago. I stopped reading comments fully. Because it was ruining my life. Once again.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: Billie Eilish performs in support of her "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" release at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on May 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Billie Eilish performs at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Stewart Park on May 25, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Billie Eilish performs at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Stewart Park on May 25, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Billie Eilish accepts the Vanguard Award from Julia Roberts onstage 36th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 16: Billie Eilish performs onstage during the ASCAP 2019 Pop Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Billie Eilish attends the 36th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Billie Eilish attends the 36th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10: Billie Eilish performs on stage at the Fremantle Arts Centre on May 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Billie Eilish performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Billie Eilish performs at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Billie Eilish and Khalid perform on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Billie Eilish performs at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Billie Eilish performs at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Her brother Finneas O'Connell, 22, with whom she writes her music, said, “I think you might see someone like a famous celebrity and you may think, ‘Sticks and stones, nothing I say is going to be potent to them’ … but it’s all very equal online.”

Eilish added: “It’s worse, it’s way worse than it’s ever been right now.”

Former child star Justin Bieber, 25, said in a recent interview that he was concerned for Eilish and wanted to protect her.

In a tearful interview the “Sorry” singer said, “Let her do her thing. If she ever needs me I’m going to be here for her.

“Just protecting those moments because people take for granted encounters and … I just want to protect her, you know. I don’t want her to lose it.” 

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