Eilish signed with a record company after “Ocean Eyes” became a hit, but she didn’t become a star right away. However, she kept making music—and by the time she was 16, her songs had been played on Spotify more than 1 billion times. In August 2019, she finally got her first No. 1 hit.
That path to stardom was fine with Eilish, who’s now 18. She’s always wanted to do things her own way. Even now, as a big star, she remains true to herself—and her fans respect her for it. She wears baggy clothes because they’re comfortable, and she dyes her hair blue, silver, or green. In addition, she still records her songs at home with her brother.
Eilish also doesn’t shy away from talking about important issues. She has warned people to take the coronavirus seriously, spoken out against racism, and talked about her own struggles with depression.
But this young pop star didn’t set out to become a role model—or a rebel. Eilish just wants to make music. And luckily, millions of fans want to listen. •