Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish on Being Ghosted by a Longtime Friend: ‘What a F*cking Little Pathetic Man’

Even at the peak of her career, Billie Eilish isn’t safe from being ghosted.

The 22-year-old singer recently appeared on the BBC podcast Miss Me? hosted by UK singer Lily Allen, 39, and British TV personality Miquita Oliver, 40, for an episode with a supernatural twist.

However, the conversation shifted to the modern phenomenon of ghosting, which Oliver pointed out began with dating apps and got worse with WhatsApp’s read receipts.

“I’ve definitely been ghosted,” Eilish revealed at the 6:08 mark. “I experienced a wild ghosting in December. It was crazy, probably the most extreme one I’ve ever had. But it wasn’t just ghosting…I was like, ‘Did you die? Did you literally die?’”

The “Lunch” singer shared that the ghost was a friend she’d known for years. They had concrete plans to meet up that day, but she never heard from him again.

“I was in shock. I thought, what a fucking little pathetic man. What a tiny little man,” she said. “To this day, he never texted me again…I genuinely didn’t know people did that.”

Billie Eilish continued, “I really hate cowards, that’s my thing. When I sense someone being cowardly, it just makes me so mad. The problem is that sometimes that’s what ghosting is—it’s just being afraid to say something.”

On the flip side, Billie Eilish, who earlier mentioned she had 1,993 unread text messages, admitted she has also ghosted people.

“Sometimes you just gotta ghost people,” she said, as the discussion turned to when it might be okay to ghost someone. “I’ve ghosted people and it’s a little mean…I know it hurt them but I’m kind of like, ‘I don’t want to talk to you.’”

Allen joked that she sometimes ghosts her personal trainer and therapist.

Eilish’s new album Hit Me Hard and Soft dropped last month. She’s hitting the road for a tour starting Sept. 29 in Québec, Canada. With many dates sold out, at least she won’t have to worry about her fans ghosting her.