Finneas O’Connell, Billie Eilish’s older brother and creative partner, spoke to Vogue magazine about the duo’s historic 2020 Grammy wins. Finneas humbly admitted that he didn’t think their work would win so many awards, and that he and Billie are actually embarrassed by their sweep.
With competitors like Lizzo and Lil Nas X in the mix, no one expected Billie to win, well, everything. And apparently, least of all to expect it were Billie and Finneas themselves.
Finneas is only 22 and Billie only 18, so I could see how they’d feel a little awkward taking home so many wins.
Finneas told Vogue, “[Billie] was very grateful, obviously, and a lot of her friends were there. She has more ‘go with the flow’ than I do, but we were both kind of embarrassed to win so much; you hope that it will be kind of equal, but after the third in a row…well, we love all of our fellow nominees.”
Being so humble only makes me more envious of this insanely talented duo. Do they have any flaws? Does Finneas leave the toilet seat up in their parents’ house? Does Eilish talk in her sleep on the tour bus? Anything?!
“If I’d bet on anyone, I would have lost money in us winning everything,” Finneas said. “I thought ‘Truth Hurts’ would win record of the year. And I thought ‘Old Town Road’ would win song of the year, because it was. I was hopeful about album of the year, and that’s one that I’m really proud of, because I love listening to that album front to back. That was the only one that I was like, ‘Maybe!'”
“I’m writing new music and taking meetings to figure out what we’ll do next,” Finneas said. “We have a whole year of touring ahead of us, which is a lot, but we slowed down in November and December, so things have been pretty reasonable overall.”
He also laments the fact that his sister’s fame comes with one downside: They can’t hang out together in public anymore.
“It’s changed our ability to go places together, which is too bad. I wish that weren’t the case. We just love each other and are honest with each other, and we speak the same creative language. There’s no other person I like working with as much as my sister.”
Time to listen to Billie and Finneas’ debut album so the darkness can wash away all these ooey gooey feelings.