There are many—countless—upsides to being one of the biggest pop stars in the world. One of the few downsides, however, is the public’s tendency to critique every element of your appearance. Billie Eilish has found this out the hard way, navigating the world of teenage stardom as she fends off being oversexualized, and having her body discussed by strangers. Now, she’s clapping back at fans who criticized her signature green-tinged hair.
To recap: Eilish’s dip-dyed slime green locks have become a signature part of her aesthetic, embraced by the singer as her star was rising in 2019, following years of ebbing in and out of colours like blue, lavender, and baby pink. Over lockdown, some of the 19-year-old’s 76 million Instagram fans have been complaining that they’re now bored of the look: “a new hair colour would be nice,” wrote one, according to Buzzfeed.
In fact, this kind of response became so common that Eilish was moved to tackle the comments head-on. “Fuck you guys. Stop making fun of me, my god!” she joked on Instagram Stories yesterday. “I’m fucking making you an album. I will not put it out if you keep making fun of my hair. Shut up!” Eilish went on to explain that she’ll likely change her hair to coincide with the release of her next album in 2021—but is currently spending time focusing on her impending documentary, The World’s A Little Blurry, which is due to air this February.
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“I’m gonna give you a new era [but] I have announcements to make, I’ve got some shit to put out,” she continued. “Anyway let me live with my fucking hair that I’ve had for way too long, OK, shut the fuck up.” Though Eilish was clearly joking in the video, previous comments she’s made suggest there’s a deeper connection between her attitude towards her hair and her mental health. Speaking to one fan about her decision to stick to a single hair colour, Eilish wrote “it’s called not being depressed anymore, pls just be happy for me.” It’s a reminder, if we ever needed one, that it’s probably a good idea not to comment negatively on a woman’s appearance. Like, ever.