Billie Eilish’s mother has discussed the ‘pressure’ placed on her singer daughter while working with family as she prepares to become Glastonbury’s youngest ever solo headliner.
Maggie Baird, 63, praised the Bad Guy hitmaker, 20, and her producer brother and collaborator Finneas, 24, for their ‘amazing’ work, but acknowledged that ‘stress and exhaustion’ surrounds Billie’s remarkable career moments.
Maggie also said she ‘feels for Billie a lot’ given how close the entire family work together.
Insight: Billie Eilish’s mother has discussed the ‘pressure’ placed on her singer daughter while working with family as she prepares to become Glastonbury’s youngest ever headliner (pictured earlier this month)
‘It would have been hard for me at that age to have my family around,’ she told the Guardian. ‘But on the other hand, when you’re going through these kinds of things, it’s helpful and important.’
Adding that ‘Finneas and Billie make each other laugh like nobody’s business’ she said: ‘It’s also really important to have one person who’s your advocate in a larger sense, not just what you need in the moment but what you need in the larger picture of your life. I hope she thinks it’s a good trade.’
She added: ‘All these amazing, incredible moments in a career are also surrounded by a tremendous amount of stress, pressure, hard work and exhaustion.’
Finneas produced Billie’s debut album When We Fall Asleep, where do we go? in her bedroom at her parent’s house, winning eight Grammy Awards alongside her sister.
Supportive: Calling her children’s work ‘amazing’ in a recent interview, Maggie Baird, 63, admitted she ‘feels for her a lot’ given how close the entire family work together (pictured in 2019)
Family: Maggie Baird, 63, praised the Bad Guy hitmaker, 20, and her producer brother and collaborator Finneas, 24, for their ‘amazing’ work, but acknowledged that ‘stress and exhaustion’ surrounds Billie’s notable career moments (pictured in May)
Maggie is the founder of the plant-based diet initiative Support + Feed, which was incorporated into Billie’s Happier Than Ever Tour – supports her on the eco-activism side of her shows.
Maggie also opened up about Billie’s role in climate activism, with the young singer – who is vegan and was raised on a plant-based diet – to appear in a documentary executive produced by her mother.
The documentary – Overheated – will be presented at the Greenpeace field this weekend.
According to The Sun, Billie has also gone all out to make sure her Glastonbury backstage area is in line with her ethics, banning single-use plastic and insisting on locally sourced and fully vegan food options.
A source told the publication: ‘She is one of the biggest stars on the planet and knows she can use her platform for good and to encourage change.
‘The climate and sustainability have been top of her agenda for a while so when it comes to life on the road and her rider, it’s all as clean as possible.
‘During her string of shows at The O2 Arena recently she insisted only vegan food was served but obviously she can’t do that to the whole of Worthy Farm, as much as she might like to.
‘Nevertheless, where she can make a difference, she has.’
Billie Eilish recently said she owes ’95 per cent’ of her music career to fellow Glastonbury headliner Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles.
Maggie is the founder of the plant-based diet initiative Support + Feed , which was incorporated into Billie’s Happier Than Ever Tour – supports her on the eco-activism side of her shows (pictured in 2019 with Cyndi Lauper)
The Lost Cause hitmaker will become the youngest artist to headline the legendary music festival’s Pyramid Stage on Friday while Sir Paul who plays Saturday night is the oldest solo headliner at the age of 80.
Billie admits it’s ‘bonkers’ that she is headlining the same festival as her idol.
In a one-off print edition of NME magazine to celebrate her history-making set, she said: ‘It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, what you look like or who you are: you can do this s***.
‘My name next to theirs and being on the same level as them… it’s bonkers.
‘I remember Kendrick headlined a festival I went to when I was 14, and I couldn’t believe he was headlining this small festival because he was so huge. And now I’m headlining the same festival as him and Paul McCartney … are you kidding me? The Beatles were what raised me.
My love for music I feel 95 per cent now to the Beatles and Paul. It’s insane to think about.’
Billie was booked to play the John Peel Stage in 2019, but she ended up playing The Other Stage, the second biggest stage, following her meteoric rise to global superstardom.
And while her set went down a storm with festival-goers, the star was actually contending with a number of technical glitches.
Billie recalled: ‘It was a quite busy time in my life, but after the fact I realized how big a deal it was and was like, ‘Oh, s***!’
She continued: ‘It was a real mixed show – so many things weren’t working, so many technical issues that were just driving me mad.
‘It’s really hard. You’ll be on stage during a show and think, ‘This is the worst show I’ve ever done’, but the crowd could care less; they’re just happy to be there
It comes as Billie has recently declared she would ‘rather die’ than not become a mother in the future.
The pop star explained that she always wanted to have children and that becoming a parent was one of her main goals in life during an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine this month.
The performer did admit, however, that she also ‘dreads it,’ as she will feel anxious about protecting her children as they grow up.
Billie stated during the sitdown: ‘[I would] rather die [than not have kids]… I need them.’
Opening up: Billie recently talked about her struggle with life in the spotlight, admitting she became depressed despite the success of her debut album (seen with brother Finneas in April
The Bad Guy songwriter went on to express that she was concerned about the potential shortcomings that her future children would experience.
‘The older I get, the more I experience things, I just think, uuggh, what am I going to do when my kid thinks that this is the right thing to do and I’m, like, no, it’s not! And they won’t listen to me,’ she said.
Billie was homeschooled as a child along with her brother and frequent collaborator Finneas and ‘graduated’ at 15 when she passed a high school equivalency exam.
Speaking about the issues facing kids in America right now, Billie confessed she’s horrified by the fear of school shootings.
She added: ‘Why is it OK to be scared to go to school? … You go to school and be prepared for a life-changing traumatic experience or dying. Que? Quien? Where is the logic there?’
Billie recently opened up about her struggle with life in the spotlight, admitting she became depressed despite enjoying huge success after releasing her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
The performer released the hit album in 2019 when she was only 17.
On the fence: The Los Angeles native went on to express that she was initially unsure about embracing her new status as a hitmaker
She made her comments during an episode of the Telekom Electronic Beat podcast, stating: ‘I really didn’t love [my success] for a couple of years.’
The Los Angeles native went on to express that she was initially unsure about embracing her new status as a hitmaker.
‘The first few years of my career I was very young and very depressed and didn’t even know if I wanted anything that I had,’ she said.
Billie has since made a series of behind-the-scenes changes over recent years and her entire outlook on life has been transformed.
She added: ‘I was kind of in this zone of like, I don’t want to be here. Stupid little kid and I’ve made changes.’
The performer pointed out that she had become more relaxed over the past few years.
‘Then we got a kind of less brutal touring schedule and we got more people and we didn’t have to do it all ourselves any more. And it just became really really enjoyable,’ she said.
Who is Maggie Baird?
Despite her career in the arts much like her children Billie and Finneas – with the whole beginning family forming a creative powerhouse – Maggie has in recent years largely focused her strengths on environmental activist.
The actress and screenwriter, 63, has worked as a music performer in her native Colorado and even made it to Broadway.
Her acting chops include appearances in shows like The X Files and Bones.
Maggie has also directed co-wrote and starred in the critically-acclaimed Life Inside Out (2013) with her son and edited Billie’s 2016 music video Six Feet Under.
She is the founder of the plant-based diet initiative Support + Feed, which came about amid the pandemic and is one of the executive producers of Overheated – a documentary and climate change activation project centered on climate anxiety and optimism for the future.
Maggie has in recent years largely focused her strengths on environmental activist (pictured earlier this year)