Do you see the world as Billie Eilish sees it?


This is not a society chronicles, but an interesting artistic fact.

Popular American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish admitted that her brain has a rare feature – synesthesia.

The artist says that it is peculiar to her, her brother, and her father. Such people are called synesthetes. We are talking about individuals who involuntarily associate the whole environment with a particular color, geometric figure, or number.

According to Billie, she and her relatives perceive things and events differently compared to ordinary people. For example, during an interview, she saw TV host Jimmy Fallon as a vertical brown rectangle and the letters M and J.

“We have conversations where I say Tuesday is a purple circle and my dad says it’s an orange square or something. We argue that there is something. It’s very silly,” – Billie admitted.

More about synesthesia

Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes. Awareness of synesthetic perceptions varies from person to person. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme-color synesthesia or color–graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored. In spatial-sequence or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be “farther away” than 1990), or may appear as a three-dimensional map (clockwise or counterclockwise). Synesthetic associations can occur in any combination and any number of senses or cognitive pathways.

Synesthesia in detail