Billie Eilish has been discussing the inspiration behind one of 2019’s biggest tracks, ‘Bad Guy’.
The song, released as the fifth single to be taken from her acclaimed debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, was co-written alongside her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell.
An instant commercial and critical success, the track went a long way to propelling a teenage Eilish to international fame. “It’s like, ‘OK if you’re gonna be that then I’m gonna be all types of fake too’,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
She added: “Great, I’m the bad type, the make your momma sad type, make your girlfriend mad type—which I’m not that, but if you can be fake with everyone and try to prove that you’re something that you’re not then I can do it too.”
“I had been inspired by this song called ‘Never’ by JID and this song called ‘Stuck In The Mud’ by Isaiah Rashad that kind of stop for like five seconds in the middle and then start this new song that’s shorter. I thought it was so interesting.”
In other Eilish-related news, the singer recently took the decision to thank the female musicians in the industry who had “paved the way” for her as part of her Billboard Woman Of The Year speech.
The teenager received the award at the annual Billboard Women In Music event. Eilish isn’t the first popstar to receive the award following in the footsteps of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
The ‘bad guy’ singer said when accepting the award: “I wanna thank all the women in the past who have been the reason I can be the way I am and do what I want, and paved the way for me and an entire generation of young women,” she said.
“Women who, in the past, who have done what they weren’t supposed to do has made my life a lot easier and made me able to do what I want and be who I want.” Eilish then referenced the speech made earlier by Taylor Swift when receiving the Women of the Decade award at the same event.
In that speech, Swift referenced her own 2014 speech in which she suggested that the future ‘Women of the Year’ were in need of help. Eilish spoke about that moment as inspiration in her life.
The singer said: “Taylor’s speech earlier, she stole half of what I was gonna say. In 2014, she won this award and she basically said, ‘Right now, your future woman of the year is someone in a piano lesson, in a choir, and we need to take care of her.’ I was 11 at the time and I was in a choir and I was learning to play piano and you took care of me. So thank you.”
Watch the full speech below.