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​The Story Behind Billie Eilish’s ‘Weird’ Middle Name

​The Story Behind Billie Eilish’s ‘Weird’ Middle Name

Many of you probably know that Billie Eilish's real name is slightly different to her stage moniker - or at least you assumed that was likely to be the case.

But if that's not her actual name, what is?

Eilish is actually one of the singer's middle names, along with Pirate and Baird, while her surname is O'Connell. Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell for those in the back.

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It turns out, however, that 19-year-old Eilish was supposed to just have Pirate as her middle name, but her uncle didn't approve of the negative association with sea-faring marauders.

Speaking to the BBC back in 2017, she was asked about why she goes by 'Billie Eilish' when her family name is O'Connell.

She explained: "It is my middle name. So I'm Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell."

When asked about the Pirate part, she continued: "Pretty weird, right? Pirate was going to be my middle name but then my uncle had a problem with it because pirates are bad. Then Baird is my mother's name."

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She later shared the article on Facebook, saying in the caption: "Talked about my weird middle name with BBC News. Thank u guys."

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Many fans commented underneath to show appreciation for her unusual name, with one saying: "Love u Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. So weird & cool at the same time."

Tagging a friend, someone else pointed out: "Her middle name is pirate's beard, go read this I really like it lol."

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Pirate Baird... Pirate's Beard... Make of that what you will.

Eilish will be offering up some insight to her life with new documentary film The World's A Little Blurry, which is due to be released later this month

Credit: Instagram/Billie Eilish
Credit: Instagram/Billie Eilish

The documentary will offer fans the chance to see behind the scenes as the teen singer recorded the 'album that changed her life'.

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A synopsis reads: "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom.

"From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager's journey, at just 17 years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?."

It's out on Apple TV+ on 26 February.

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Topics: Billie Eilish, Entertainment, Celebrity, Music

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]