Billie Eilish got breakthrough Covid & ‘it is because of the vaccine that I’m fine’

Variety 2021 Music Hitmakers Brunch

Billie Eilish was thankfully pro-vaccine from the word go. She took part in Vax Live, she used her social media and interviews to advocate for Covid vaccines, and she apparently got vaccinated in the spring or early summer. She was fully vaccinated when she got breakthrough Covid in August, and she said she’s thankful for being vaccinated, because otherwise Covid would have killed her.

Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish has revealed that she came down with a “horrible” case of COVID-19 over the summer and believes she “would have died” if she hadn’t been vaccinated. The “Your Power” singer, 19, said Monday that she experienced a breakthrough case of the virus in August.

“I want it to be clear that it is because of the vaccine that I’m fine, because I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have like died because it was bad,” she said on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show.”

“When I say it was bad, I more just mean that it felt horrible. But really, in the scheme of COVID, it was not bad. When you have the flu, it feels like you’re dying when you’re OK. You know what I mean? When you’re sick, you feel f–king horrible.”

“So when I say it’s bad, it’s not like, ‘Oh my god, I was gonna die of COVID and the vaccine doesn’t work.’ The vaccine is f—ing amazing,” said Eilish, a prominent supporter of President Biden during the 2020 White House race.

Eilish said she’s still experiencing long-term COVID symptoms. “I didn’t die, and I wasn’t gonna die, but that does not take away from how miserable it was. It was terrible,” Eilish said. “I still have side effects. I was sick for, like, two months almost.”

Her diagnosis came after she debuted her latest album, “Happier than Ever,” in late July. She was nominated last month for seven Grammy Awards for the album, including in the “Record of the Year” category.

[From Page Six and The Hill]

Once again, she’s role modeling responsible behavior. She’s not derping out like the anti-Vaxxers, crying about “how did I get Covid if I got vaccinated.” She knows what’s up. And it’s a good message: get vaccinated, get your booster, so that if you do get a breakthrough case, it won’t f–king kill you. If she caught it in August, that was when people were really going out unmasked all the time and then the Delta variant came to play. I bet she got the Delta variant.

Oof, she probably still felt Covid symptoms when she went to the Met Gala in September??

Arrivals at the 2021 MET Gala

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  1. Ann says:

    My daughter and her partner both just got break-through cases in New York. She got vaccinated early because she works with pregnant women and infants, and was just about to get her booster. But thank God for the vaccine because her case so far has been pretty mild, and her partner is already up and around, just with a slight cough.

    Good for Eilish for saying all this. It’s the truth. New York is being very cautious in general, requiring vaccines in restaurants, etc., but it’s still a crowded city. They both also work part time in retail and I think that’s where they picked it up. All those people together in stores during the holiday season, co-workers and shoppers, even though they’re masked? It’s a breeding ground for air-borne viruses.

  2. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    My cousin’s husband is fully vaccinated and he got covid. Twice. Thankfully he’s fine but he is still not 100% and isn’t sure he ever will be. He also knew that just because you’re vaxxed doesn’t mean you won’t get it.
    I am glad Eilish is speaking up and out. She’s got a voice and is using it. Good for her.
    (We just got our booster AND flu shot at the same time. Other than sore arms we did just fine)

  3. pottymouth pup says:

    not about her bout with COVID but did anyone else read Eilish’s comments on her porn addiction that started when she was 11?

    • detritus says:

      I did. I think she’s putting to words what many young kids have gone through. Poor girl.

      The access to pornography is almost unlimited. And most is free, taking away funds from the actual creators. Most is based on violence to women. There’s almost always slapping and strangulation. Porn itself is based off of objectifying others, and the most searched category if ‘teen’ should set off major alarm bells.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I’m glad she is being so clear about the benefits of the vaccine, even if you still do get sick.

    I am fully vaxxed and boosted and my kids are finally full vaxxed (Monday was the 2 week point since their second dose) but with winter, everything moving indoors, etc – they are still wearing masks when they leave the house (as my husband and I do) and I’m actually starting to scale back a lot of activities that I had planned. The numbers in our area aren’t great and everyone is just acting like this is all over and life is normal again.

  5. Christine says:

    My coworker and I got vaccinated around the same time and she got Covid about a month later and it was really, really bad. Probably would have killed her had it not been for the vaccine. That was two months ago and she still has a cough and trouble breathing. Although we’re still under a mask mandate in my city, I think people have become pretty lax. My sister had to go to HR because her desk mate came to work sick and coughing and refused to go home or get a test. There was a steady rise in cases after Thanksgiving and I’m sure it’ll be even worse after Christmas.

  6. AmelieOriginal says:

    I just recently found out my sister’s roommate got breakthrough covid in early November right after my sister came back from France (my sister did not give her covid btw as my sister had to test negative right before she flew back to the US). I had remembered her mentioning her roommate was quarantining in her room but I didn’t really put two and two together. She only recently told me because she didn’t want me to freak out as I tend to have so much health-related anxiety. My sister had close contact with her right before she had symptoms but somehow she managed not to get it. I think she had those rapid at home tests and she did them every day and always tested negative and never got symptoms (she also stayed home during that time). Her roommate recovered and is fine now. But both of them were vaccinated and I don’t want to imagine what it might have been like had they not been. My sister has Celiac’s which may not be considered as an immunocompromised condition by doctors but she has so many digestive issues beyond Celiac’s and I don’t want to imagine the other outcome.

    Coincidentally my sister is now currently recovering from a cold, the guy she is dating got her sick. She tested herself again with the rapid at home tests and tested negative (the guy she’s dating also tested negative as well). She wanted to come see us last weekend but obviously stayed home because none of us want to get sick right before Christmas.

    We all have our boosters now and I will get another one in the future if CDC deems it necessary.

  7. Useitorloseit says:

    As a scientist it always bothers me when people say “if I haven’t gotten the vaccine I would have died”. There is no way to know this since you don’t have a control you where you weren’t vaccinated and you died.

    Statistically the data shows that you are less likely to die if you are vaccinated. However, I unfortunately know many unvaccinated people in my redneck state that caught Covid and had mild cold-like symptoms to major flu-like symptoms and did not die. So it was possible she would have survived without the vaccine.

    Just a nerdy scientist pet peeve. The vaccine data sells itself, people don’t have to make illogical statements to sell it.

    • sassafras says:

      I get what you’re saying and I’m not a scientist but still… If someone has a breakthrough case that knocks them on their ass for 2 months, can’t they draw a conclusion that without the vaccine that it would have been worse for them?
      I’m pissed that so many Magats have had the sniffles and if they’d just been vaccinated, they probably wouldn’t have had anything. Or am I completely off about the ameliorating effects of a vaccine?

    • Twin falls says:

      I read a news article that quoted Michigan hospital officials who are reporting deaths of two dose (no booster) vaccinated individuals.

      I had a breakthrough case six months after my second Pfizer dose, wasn’t eligible for a booster yet. It took about 25 days for all my symptoms to go away. My 7 year old who’d just received his first Pfizer dose tested positive and his only symptom was a stomach ache for a day. Wouldn’t have even thought to test him for Covid if I hadn’t already tested positive.

      It’s just not a straightforward thing and the mental stress of it all is really getting to me.

    • Roden says:

      Well instead of being peeved about how deathly ill peole feel and downlaying an illness you DON’T have, maybe you should just be thankful that you’ve bever been that sick

      From one scientist to you, you must not understand the death toll for covid is millions. Wonder how many of those people thought they were doing before they died.

  8. Kkat says:

    We all have our boosters now, thankfully my 16 year old son was able to get his yesterday.

  9. La says:

    My two year old just tested positive thanks to some unvaxxed assholes sending their symptomatic kids in to school. Thankfully so far his only symptoms are a mild cough and diarrhea but I’m holding my breath for a few more days before I feel like we are out of the woods. My husband and I were just boosted a month ago and I am so grateful we did. So far we are 4 days in and no symptoms and only hoping we get through it without getting sick. We have been extraordinarily careful since the beginning, still mask everywhere, and literally the only place he goes is his daycare so this is a real kick in the teeth. We live in a red area where a lot of people are not taking any precautions and my rage toward anyone eligible who is still unvaccinated has gone white hot after this week.

  10. Butterflystella says:

    I am getting my booster Sat. People I work with have tested positive and gotten sick. One of them, a smoker, caught Covid just before Thanksgiving and is still trying to get over it completely. I was hesitant on the booster but only because I felt so awful after my 2nd Pfizer dose in April. Not hesitant anymore…

  11. Clémence says:

    Double jab here, i went through delta in thé beggining of december, I was tired and got a cought but i was mostly ok thanks to the vaccine !