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Billie Eilish Reveals That Reading Instagram Comments About Her Were 'Ruining My Life'

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By Chris Barilla

Billie Eilish has quite the social media presence, specifically on Instagram. The 18-year-old singer and performer command an impressive 54 million unique followers as of the time of this writing, which is undoubtedly a massive number of users. However, having that much constantly social media attention and scrutiny is not necessarily always a good thing, as exemplified by Eilish's recent decision to cease reading comments made to her under her posts on Instagram because they were "ruining" her life.

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In a new interview with the British Broadcasting Channel for their show 'BBC Breakfast,' Eilish and her brother/collaborator Finneas sat down to discuss how fame affects the young singer's life.

This revelation comes as of recent times, as Eilish commented to the publication that she only stopped reading her Instagram comments "like, two days" before the interview was conducted. Nevertheless, she is adamant that this new choice is for her mental health and is necessary amongst all the hate comments she receives online.

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"I stopped reading comments fully, it was ruining my life," the young superstar mentioned to the show's host, Louise Minchin, continuing on to say that as someone's inherent fame increases, "the more people hate you."

"It's insane that I even have been reading comments up until this point," the singer said, mentioning the root of the issue is, "It's just the problem is I've always wanted to stay in touch with the fans and keep talking to them and, like, people have ruined that for me."

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Despite becoming increasingly more reluctant to be online, Eilish maintains that she isn't wholly trying to shut out fans, saying, "I still try to like fan posts or whatever and ... if I see fans anywhere, like, I just want to talk to them and be around them because they're people."

However, she made sure to include, "the internet is ruining my life, so, I turned it off," justifying her lack of interaction on social media in the wake of these revelations.

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Eilish has notoriously been candid about the pitfalls of super stardom. She is vocally against the traditional constraints of a music star and maintains that there are significantly more downsides to a life of fame than people realize at face value. Despite these feelings, the 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' singer is adamant that she is grateful for what life has given her, but she does not allow being one of the most famous performers on Earth to alter her core identity.

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