American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has spoken out about the devastating effect access to pornography has had on her from a young age, branding it a “disgrace” that “destroyed her brain.”
Speaking on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM radio last week, the 20-year-old music icon revealed how she first began watching pornography in primary school at the tender age of 11 and continues to suffer the psychological and emotional consequences.
“I think porn is a disgrace,” she told the show. “I used to watch a lot of porn, to be honest. I started watching porn when I was, like, 11. I think it really destroyed my brain and I feel incredibly devastated that I was exposed to so much porn.”
Eilish admitted that she was addicted to BDSM porn, which often involves bondage and one partner dominating the other, and revealed it was the only category of pornography which attracted her. The singer also explained how she continues to suffer from insomnia and nightmares, and expressed her anger “that porn is so loved.”
Eilish’s remarks echo the sentiment expressed by psychologists for years: that pornography poisons how young people perceive sex and love, and will be sure to provoke a lot of commentary and reactions.
One of the music industry’s brightest stars stating the truth about pornography is of real importance, a truth which is constantly repeated by psychologists and other experts yet all too often mocked and dismissed as an example of “backwardness.”
Pornography is a plague which continues to poison the minds of young people and the level of addiction to it is growing and starting earlier. It is also leaving increasingly more difficult psychological consequences, whilst demeaning men and women and destroying relationships between them.
Eilish repeated all of this, inspired by her own experiences. It is a very valuable interview.