The website adds: “There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but treatment can help manage symptoms.”
After Billie’s tics were noticed by her fans in various video interviews and TV appearances, they began posting compilations of her quirks while under the impression she was messing around.
In April 2019, Billie responded on her Instagram account, saying: “I would love to get this straight so everyone can stop acting goofy… I have diagnosed Tourette’s. I’ve never mentioned it on the internet because nobody thinks I’m dead**s [serious]… as well as the fact that I’ve never wanted people to think of Tourette’s every time they think of me.” (sic)
Billie continued: “My tics are only physical and not super noticeable to others if you’re not really paying attention (believe me, HAVING them is a whole different type of misery).
“My Tourette’s makes easy things a lot harder. Certain things increase and/or trigger the intensity of the tics. But it’s something I grew up with and am used to.
“My family and closest friends know it as a part of me. I’ve taught myself techniques to help reduce them when I don’t want to be distracting in certain situations. But again, suppressing them only makes things worse after the moment is over.”
The star added: “Not gonna go into FULL detail but if you want to know more, I am an open book. Wasn’t planning on talking about this on here maybe ever, but it’s gotten to a point… lol.”
Billie went on: “These compilations y’all been making of my tics are low-key funny even when y’all make fun of them n s**t. I know you’re all confused so as to what it is, so just to let ya know… it’s Tourette’s.” (sic)
She continued to open up about her condition with publication The Fader in March of the same year, saying: “It’s confusing when someone is making a weird face gesture or throwing out their neck.
“The internet hasn’t really seen the bad [tics] because I’m really good at suppressing them. The thing is, the longer you suppress them, the worse they get afterwards.”
She added: “I’m sure one day everyone will see the tic attacks that happen when I’m stressed and haven’t slept. But it could be a lot worse and it’s not, and I’m grateful for that. And you know what, it’s f*****g whatever.”
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Billie later got candid about her condition again during her appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show in 2019.
She told the talk show host: “It’s something I’ve lived with my whole life, all my family and friends know I have it.”
The 17-year-old at the time went on to explain what good had come from her speaking openly about her condition.
She said: “I also learned that a lot of my friends have [Tourette’s] which made me feel more at home.”
Billie continued: “I also felt a connection there because when I said that I had kids posting like: ‘Oh my god, I’ve always had this, and she has it, and she’s who I look up to.”
Her condition hasn’t hindered her success in any way. Just last month Billie received two Grammy Awards for her work.