At deadline, Billie Eilish has 33.3 million followers on Instagram and as of Wednesday she also her very own cover of Rolling Stone. “I’ve loved attention my whole life,” says Billie, “but I don’t think anyone knows what fame actually is. Because if I did want to be famous — it wasn’t this kind.” Exactly just what kind of famous she has become in a little over four years since uploading “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud is evolving by the minute. When she is not touring the globe, the 17-year-old pop star resides in her childhood home in Los Angeles along with mother Maggie Baird and father Patrick O’Connell, brother Finneas lives a mere four minutes away in a recently purchased home. If these domestic trappings seem cozy, and they reportedly are, it is all by design in order to maintain stability for the time being as the magnitude of Billie’s career smashes scale upon scale. This is a fascinating portrait of Billie by Rolling Stone contributing writer Josh Eellss, not least because in another six months it most certainly will change.

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Credits include: Publication, Rolling Stone August 2019; Title, “Billie Eilish and the Triumph of the Weird”; Photography, Petra Collins; Magazine text, Josh Eells; Styling, Samantha Burkhart; Hair, Joseph Chase; Makeup, Robert Rumsey.

Billie Eilish | Rolling Stone August 2019 (Photography: Petra Collins)

Billie Eilish | Rolling Stone August 2019 (Photography: Petra Collins)