Five years since she first sat down with Vanity Fair for the release of her 2017 debut EP Don’t Smile at Me, Billie Eilish returned this week for her “Same Interview, The Sixth Year” time capsule conversation with the magazine.
Among the topics covered in the chat was Billie’s relationship with new boyfriend Jesse Rutherford, who’s 11 years her senior.
“I just am really inspired by this person, and, you know, he’s inspired by me,” Eilish said. “It’s really cool, and I’m really excited and I’m really happy about it.”
She continued, “Say what you need to say, but, like, I am in control right now. I did this. I managed to get my life to a point where I not only was known by a person that I thought was the hottest fucking fucker alive, but pulled his ass. Are you kidding me? Can we just [get a] round of applause for me?”
It isn’t the first time Eilish, who celebrates her 21st birthday next month, has addressed the age gap between her and Rutherford.
Back in October, the couple responded to the backlash with their Halloween costumes. Eilish dressed up as a baby, complete with a bonnet and diaper, and Rutherford donned a bald cap with grey hair.
According to TMZ, Rutherford has known Eilish since she was 15 or 16 years old. A source told Hollywood Life that her brother Finneas, who has also allegedly known the vocalist for the Neighbourhood for quite some time, approves of their relationship.
“Jesse gets along flawlessly with [Billie’s] brother Finneas, who is so important to her,” the insider said. “Finneas approves of this, as he really loves seeing his sister so happy and giddy. Billie has gone through such amazing changes and growth in the past few years, and she is ready to be with a man who is on her same level. She says that Jesse is the perfect guy for her.”
Catch Billie’s full Vanity Fair conversation up top. While the time capsule series isn’t over, don’t expect to see a new one next year. “Gonna be the last VF video for a while ;) gonna keep shooting one every year but hold them and put them out every few years 😇love you all dearly,” she wrote on Instagram.