Emerging pop icon Billie Eilish was recently treated to some very shocking news when she sat down with shock jock Howard Stern
The singer and her brother Phineas O’Connell, who write and perform music together, appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” last month.
After performing a few of their songs on the air, Eilish and O’Connell answered questions about their family history and background. Billie spoke about her childhood in Los Angeles, her process for creating music, and her own experiences with depression and mental health. She also recounted being home schooled for her education, something that gave her and Phineas more time to create music.
She told Stern about how excited she was to perform as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in early November. As the interview was winding down, Eilish brought her parents into the studio in order to meet with Stern. Her parents, Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, are actors in LA, and are big fans of Stern.
Stern, known for his ‘in your face’ style and no holds barred interview techniques, asked the couple to recount the night that they conceived Billie
He joked that maybe other parents could follow their lead in order to have their own children become successful musicians.
It was a shock to everyone present, including Billie herself, when Eilish’s parents revealed they had help in getting pregnant with their daughter. “Well, Billie was conceived with the existence of a fertility clinic,” her mother exclaimed. While they were able to conceive older brother Phineas naturally, they were not able to get pregnant with another child. They decided to look to a fertility clinic to grow their family.
“So, Billie was built in a lab?” Stern jokingly asked? Her father then admitted, “I was alone in a dark room!” Poor Billie – that might be too much information! Her parents also disclosed that Billie was their fourth attempt. The 17 year old was flabbergasted – she had never been told about this process.
Stern picked right up on Billie’s shock. “Billie, you look like you’re going to pass out.”
With more and more children being conceived with IVF and other fertility methods, it seems like many other families will be having their own conversations about conception. Most likely, they won’t take place on live radio!
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